Controlled Explosion At Glasgow University As Suspicious Package Found

6 March 2019, 16:21 | Updated: 6 March 2019, 16:22

Glasgow University Suspicious Package

Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion in Glasgow, after a suspicious package was found in a university mailroom.

Emergency services were called to the University of Glasgow around 10.50am today, Wednesday 6th March. Thousands of students were evacuated as the EOD unit was called out to the building, located near the medical and mathematics departments.

Police Scotland is now speaking to the Met in London to work out if there are any links to packages sent to transport hubs there yesterday.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: "Police Scotland officers are continuing enquiries after a suspicious package was received at the University of Glasgow today, Wednesday 6 March 2019.

"The package was not opened and no one was injured. The emergency services were alerted and several buildings within the estate were evacuated as a precaution. A controlled explosion of the device was carried out this afternoon by EOD. A number of police cordons in and around University Avenue remain in place until further notice. There is no ongoing risk to the public.

"Police Scotland is liaising with the Metropolitan Police in relation to their investigation into packages received in London yesterday. However, it is too early to say whether there is a link.

"Inquiries have established that a package received at the Royal Bank of Scotland building on Glasgow Road Edinburgh today posed no risk to the public and contained promotional goods."

Earlier, a suspect package was reported at the RBS headquarters in Edinburgh - but was found to be promotional material that posed no risk to the public.

Part of the University of Essex campus was also evacuated - over a suspicious package there.