Christchurch Park reopens after 'suspicious package' found poses no threat

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Christchurch Park is currently closed while police investigate a suspicious package - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Christchurch Park in Ipswich has reopened after police closed it on the afternoon of April 10 to investigate a "suspicious package".

Police were called at about 4.10pm to reports that the package had been found on a bench in the park.

Officers attended the incident and closed the park in the interest of public safety, including Christchurch Mansion, with members of the public requested to leave.

Around 30 properties in the Westerfield Road, Bolton Lane and Tuddenham Road area were evacuated as a precaution prior to the device being assessed by ordnance disposal specialists.

The cordon was lifted shortly after 7pm, and residents who were evacuated were told they can return to their properties.

Police thanked the public for their understanding and co-operation whilst enquiries continue.