BREAKING: New Elvet closed off due to ‘suspicious package’

By Tania Chakraborti

Durham Constabulary have closed off New Elvet road after “historical explosive devices” were handed in to the police station.

Photograph: Julia Carleton

A bomb disposal unit and police officers are on the scene.

In a statement, Durham Constabulary said: “A number of historical explosive devices have been handed in to Durham City Police Station.

“Bomb disposal experts from Catterick Garrison are currently on scene and are facilitating the safe removal and disposal of the devices.

“As a precaution, a cordon has been set up and surrounding buildings have been evacuated. We anticipate the incident will be dealt with and all road closures will be lifted within an hour.”

Previously, Durham Constabulary had posted on their Facebook page: “We are currently dealing with an incident at Durham City Police Station.

Elvet Riverside

“A road closure is in place on New Elvet road from the Half Moon pub to the Hallgarth Street junction traffic lights.
Please avoid the area for the time being. An update will follow shortly.”

Students were told to remain inside Elvet Riverside while the situation was investigated.

Sam Collett, a third-year at Hild Bede, told Palatinate: “I’m confused, there’s been so little information given. In fairness, the staff have tried to keep everyone calm and have so far done a good job on it.”

More to follow.

Photographs: Tania Chakraborti, view from Elvet Riverside

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