Edinburgh street on lockdown over ‘suspicious package’ with bomb squad on scene
A major city centre street in Edinburgh has been sealed off and evacuated after reports of a suspicious package at a bank.
Police received reports of a suspect package at the Halifax Bank in Princes Street. The building was evacuated and officers are investigating.
An army bomb disposal team was seen on the street and shoppers have been evacuated from a number of stores as a police cordon remains in place, according to reports.
Around the sane time today, a Glasgow University campus was evacuated after police received reports of a suspicious package – the second found at the university in as many days.
A Police Scotland spokesperson told Mirror Online: "Police in Edinburgh received a report of a suspicious package having been received at a business premises on Princes Street at around 12.30pm on Thursday 7th March."
"The building has been evacuated as a precaution and officers are in attendance to progress inquiries."
Another Police statement said: "Around 12.30 pm today, police received a report of a suspicious package found at the University of Glasgow campus in Dumfries.
"Emergency services are in attendance and part of the campus has been evacuated as a precaution. The item will be examined and enquiries are ongoing."
This comes after a ‘suspect package’ was found at Glasgow University yesterday and explosive packages were sent to three major transport hubs in London on Tuesday.
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Today, shopper Peter Simpson wrote on Twitter: "Just got evacuated out of Waterstones on Princes Street, not sure what’s going on but seems serious – police everywhere, half the street getting cordoned off."
Another wrote: "Idk what’s going on in town but there’s police everywhere and a huge stretch of princes street is closed as well as part of Charlotte square."
Traffic is heavily backed on South Charlotte Street, according to reports.
This comes after bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of a ‘suspect’ package discovered by staff at the University of Glasgow mail room yesterday.
Some buildings in the university were evacuated and staff and students were sent home for the day.
Students told how they were ordered to flee parts of the Glasgow campus as the "scary" situation unfolded just before 11am.
They said security shouted at students and staff as buildings were evacuated, and police ordered people to move away from the scene, where there were "loads" of police cars and fire engines.
The package was not opened and no-one was injured in the incident.
Police Scotland yesterday said they had been liaising with the Metropolitan Police in relation to their investigation into explosive packages received in London on Tuesday.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: "The package sent to the university was not opened and no-one was injured. A controlled explosion of the device was carried out this afternoon by EOD.
"There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London.
"Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem.
"Our enquiries into the Glasgow package are at an early stage but there is no ongoing risk to the public.
"The package in Glasgow was identified by alert staff at the university mail room who had received protective security information advising them to be vigilant and to report suspicious packages.
"The same advice has already been sent to a range of businesses, including transport hubs and mail sorting companies, and will now also be sent to those in the education sector.
"Anyone who sees something suspicious should report it to the police immediately."
Counter-terror police are still working to identify a motive or suspect over the explosive packages sent to major transport hubs in London.
The packages that arrived at Waterloo railway station and offices at Heathrow and London City airports on Tuesday were posted with Irish stamps and had Dublin as the return address.
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