Breaking: Glasgow main campus evacuated after suspicious package found
Police are on site and the evacuation is a precautionary measure
A number of buildings on campus have been evacuated due to a suspicious package.
Update: A controlled explosion has now been carried out after a suspect package was found in the University of Glasgow mailroom.
Areas of the university have been cordoned off and students were emailed by teaching staff being told not to come to campus if they had lectures.
The University of Glasgow have released a statement saying the following buildings have been evacuated and closed: Boyd Orr Building, Mailroom, the OTC (Officer Training Corps) building next to it, Wolfson Medical Building, Bower Building, Isabella Elder Building, James McCune Smith Learning Hub site and the Joseph Black Building.
At present, the following buildings have been closed: Boyd Orr Building, Mailroom, the OTC (Officer Training Corps) building next to it, Wolfson Medical Building, Bower Building, Isabella Elder Building, James McCune Smith Learning Hub site and the Joseph Black Building.
— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) March 6, 2019
All classes set to take place this afternoon have now been cancelled in the following buildings: Wolfson Medical Building, Bower Building, Isabella Elder Building, Boyd Orr Building, Joseph Black Building, Kelvin Building and University Gardens buildings. The email says the Mailroom and OTC buildings have also been evacuated and University Avenue and University Gardens have been closed temporarily on the advice of Police Scotland as a precautionary measure.
One student, Amy, tweeted how a guy came running into the med school shouting that they needed to get out as a suspicious package had been found.
Just been evacuated from the med school due to a suspicious package? getting told to move to byres road, loads of police, fire engines and all cordoned off now!?
— Amy T (@Amyt4696) March 6, 2019
Will do! Scary stuff, guy just came shouting we needed to evacuate as suspicious package found then the police were shouting at us to move away from the building!!
— Amy T (@Amyt4696) March 6, 2019
Another student told The Glasgow Tab she was on Byres Road, when loads of police cars and fire engines pulled up and said there's been an incident and everyone needs to evacuate, emails from lecturers were then apparently sent out telling students not to come in. The student then says the "bomb squad" arrived.
A number of students in the area are claiming on Twitter and Snapchat that the suspicious package is a bomb threat. However, this has not been confirmed, The University of Glasgow have just said a suspicious package has been found.
As if somebody's sent a bomb to Glasgow Uni pic.twitter.com/2c4Oi2cTqY
— Findlay??????? (@fc_1869) March 6, 2019
Glasgow's rector Aamer Anwar tweeted an update, saying: "Glad to see everyone is safe and our emergency services were on the scene immediately – hopefully our students and staff can return back soon."
— Aamer Anwar?? (@AamerAnwar) March 6, 2019
A number of explosive devices were found yesterday in London, at Waterloo train station, Heathrow airport and London City airport. However, as ofyet there is also no indication these incidents are connected.
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Featured image credit: Findlay via Twitter