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Glasgow University shut down as suspicious package found

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Glasgow University Campus has been shut down after a suspicious package was discovered in one of its main mailrooms.

Students and staff have been evacuated from all surrounding buildings and police have blocked off entrances.

Police have also halted access to Byres Road and University Avenue.

 

A spokesman for the University of Glasgow said: “A suspicious package has been found in the University’s mailroom on the main campus.

“The University is working closely with Police Scotland and on their advice, University Avenue has been  temporarily closed and the following buildings have been evacuated: the Mailroom, the OTC (Officer Training Corps) building, Wolfson Medical Building, Bower Building, Isabella Elder Building, Boyd Orr Building, Joseph Black Building, James McCune Smith Learning Hub site.”

The Cultural and Creative Fair and The Big Brave have also been cancelled.

The Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh has also been shutdown after the discovery of suspicious package, but was later found to be a false alarm.

The National Coordinator Protect and Prepare also sent out vigilance alerts after mail bombs were discovered in London yesterday.

A fire was started on the opening of packages.

The packages were described as having a white outer plastic postal bag with a handwritten address.

They were addressed to the transport hub and have two postal stamps with a heart motif. Inside the postal bag is a brown A5 Jiffy bag that contains the device.

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is “severe.”