Students at Newcastle University were left "terrified" after a police swarmed the area and evacuated a building housing international students following reports of a bomb scare.
Northumbria Police carried out a controlled explosion at around midnight on Tuesday on Newcastle Town Moor after "suspicious objects" were found in one of the university's buildings. An 18-year-old man has been arrested in London in connection with the incident and a student's room was searched as part of the investigation.
Can't believe that a bomb has been found at Newcastle uni. Soo scary— Emily Joy Hackett (@emilyjoyhackett) June 10, 2014
Terrifying to hear the news about a bomb threat at Newcastle University. I was near there about an hour and a half before the arrest!— Katy Wilson (Burr) (@roverstillidie6) June 10, 2014
A large area of Newcastle University was cordoned off and the INTO building evacuated after police received reports of the suspicious items, the Mirror reported.
The INTO building is a £30m study centre for international students, and helps them prepare for study in the UK.
A bomb disposal robot was taken onto the site to investigate amid fears the items could be dangerous, with police searching a student's room as part of the enquiry.
As the university campus is directly within the city centre, Newcastle's Haymarket bus station was closed, as well as the B1307, one of the city's main roads through the centre.
@mrkfn Someone got their throat slashed, the whole of haymarket and Newcastle uni is closed because of a bomb scare, pretty terrifying!— Alex Lewis (@rolacolaandalex) June 10, 2014
So a bomb disposal unit was called into Newcastle Uni. Well that's quite scary.— James Rutherford (@jrutherford11) June 10, 2014
the fact that newcastle uni is being searched by police and bomb disposal teams is terrifying— merlin (@blinknyouredead) June 10, 2014
A statement by Northumbria Police said all roads in Newcastle city centre are now fully open, and there is currently "no cause for concern" for students and the wider community.
Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "Police have been searching a Newcastle Univeristy building and the building has been evacuated as a precaution so that items can be recovered and examined.
"Residents around Newcastle Town Moor may have heard a slight bang and I would like to reassure them this is in connection with the incident at the University and was planned."
Newcastle Uni and the surrounding area is slowly returning to normal after the bomb scare last night.— Daniel Jenks (@danjsafc) June 11, 2014