‘Find a classroom and shelter’: Elvet Riverside shut down as ‘explosive devices’ handed into Police Station
The cordon has now been removed, lectures are continuing, and a ‘controlled detonation’ has taken place
Police cordoned off all roads in a 100-metre radius of Durham Constabulary’s Headquarters between around 15.55 and 16.45 this afternoon as ‘a number of historical explosive devices’ were handed in to police.
One student left inside Elvet Riverside said he was told to ‘find a classroom and shelter’.
— Durham Constabulary (@DurhamPolice) November 6, 2017
Students inside were given mixed messages. Some opted to ‘play games’, while others told The Tab they disobeyed police instructions and simply left the building ‘out of a back corridor’.
One student told The Tab: ‘It was a bit chaotic at first, got told to leave lecture hall, but ushered back inside, then told to sit in class for a bit. It was really nice actually: a lady came around offering a drumstick’.
‘Everyone just sort of accepted that we just had to wait, there wasn’t really any panic’.