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Update to incident at Newcastle University

Dated: 11 Jun 2014

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Update 2.40pm 11/06/14

Police received a report of concern from Newcastle University at around 10am on Tuesday, June 10.

The INTO building is now open to students and staff.

Following the arrest of an 18-year-old man yesterday, a second 18 year-old man has been arrested as part of our ongoing enquiries.

We can confirm both men arrested are Russian students studying at Newcastle University.

Both men remain in police custody.

We are working closely with Newcastle University to reassure students and staff. There is currently no cause for concerns for students and the wider community.

Police are in the area around Newcastle University to continue to provide reassurance to the community.

Update 12.50am

This is an update in relation to an ongoing incident at Newcastle University. All roads in Newcastle city centre are now fully re-opened.

Update 11/06/14 12.20am

This is an update in relation to an ongoing incident at Newcastle University.

A controlled explosion has been carried out on Newcastle Town Moor in connection with the incident.

The explosion was carried out as a precaution by the EOD - Explosive Ordnance Disposal - unit.

Police would like to reassure residents this was a planned event and reiterate it is in connection with the incident at Newcastle University.

Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "Police have been searching a Newcastle Unveristy 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."

Enquiries are continuing. The 18-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation was arrested in London.

There is currently no cause for concerns for students and the wider community.

10/06/14 5.35pm

Police are currently searching a Newcastle University building. The investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing.

A man aged 18 has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is helping with enquiries.

Potentially suspicious items have been found and the building has been evacuated as a precaution so the items can be recovered and examined.

Enquiries are in the early stages and we are working closely with Newcastle University.

There is currently no cause for concern for students and the wider community.

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