Controlled explosion after ‘suspicious items’ found at Newcastle University

Police have carried out a controlled explosion after finding “suspicious items” in a Newcastle University building.

June 11, 2014

An 18-year-old man was arrested after police evacuated the university’s INTO University Partnerships building on the afternoon of 10 June.

Northumbria Police later arrested another 18-year-old man and said both those in custody were Russian students studying at Newcastle.

Police confirmed that they had carried out the evacuation “as a precaution” so that “potentially suspicious items” could be “recovered and examined”.

In the early hours of the morning of 11 June they confirmed that they had carried out a controlled explosion on Newcastle’s Town Moor.

In a statement, chief superintendent Laura Young said: “Police have been searching a Newcastle University building and the building has been evacuated as a precaution so that items can be recovered and examined.

“Residents around Newcastle Town Moor may have heard a slight bang and I would like to reassure them this is in connection with the incident at the university and was planned,” she added.

The statement said that enquiries were continuing and that the first 18-year-old had been arrested in London.

“There is currently no cause for concerns for students and the wider community,” the police said.

According to Newcastle University, the main campus and the INTO building are open as usual today.

INTO University Partnerships offers university preparation courses to international students.

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together