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University of Suffolk reopens after 'suspicious package' discovered in post room

PUBLISHED: 12:12 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:37 12 March 2019

The University of Suffolk is evacuated following a bomb scare Picture: ARCHANT

The University of Suffolk is evacuated following a bomb scare Picture: ARCHANT

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The University of Suffolk has reopened after it was evacuated this morning following the discovery of a suspicious package in the post room.

Police were called by university staff today, Tuesday, March 12 at around 9.30am.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the main university building, at the Waterfront in Ipswich, had been evacuated and that police cordons had been put in place.

said at the time: “The University’s Waterfront Building is currently closed.

“Police are in attendance due to a suspicious package in our post room.

The University of Suffolk is evacuated following a bomb scare Picture: ARCHANTThe University of Suffolk is evacuated following a bomb scare Picture: ARCHANT

“Staff and students have been advised to work from other parts of the campus.”

The University The spokesman added: “The police have finished their investigation and the Waterfront Building is safe.

“It has now reopened and “Thank you for your cooperation.”

Miss McPherson said students had been calm during the evacuation, but grew more concerned when they discovered the reason why.

The main waterfront building of the University of Suffolk has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found Picture: DAVID VINCENTThe main waterfront building of the University of Suffolk has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found Picture: DAVID VINCENT

She said: “People didn’t seem that concerned to begin with.

“But when we got outside people were pleased to get away.

“Once people realised this was real, people said ‘oh my God, I don’t know what to do’.

“Some people were panicking, trying to get as far away as possible.

“This is the last thing you would expect to happen in Ipswich.”

A law student at the university, who wished not to be named, added: “We were sat in a lecture and at about 9.30am through the intercom in each room we were told we needed to evacuate immediately.

“I was on the third floor so it was difficult to get out because everyone was trying to get out at once,

“Once we got out the staff had megaphones saying to move away.

“Since that they have updated that there is a suspicious package in the post room and I am sat in the university car park now because I have another lecture.

“There’s police cordons and lots of police in the area.”

The bomb scare comes less than a week after the University of Essex’s Colchester campus was evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package on Thursday, March 7.

It came just an hour after a suspicious parcel was discovered at Glasgow University, resulting in a controlled explosion by bomb disposal officers.

Three suspect packages were also found in London on Tuesday last week.

Stay with us for more on this breaking news story.

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