Tyne & Wear

Arrest as part of Newcastle University evacuated

Police near Newcastle University
Image caption The roads in the area reopened before 01:00 BST

Part of Newcastle University had to be evacuated following reports of suspicious items.

Students and staff at the university's INTO language skills centre in the Haymarket area were asked to leave amid fears the items were dangerous.

A bomb disposal team performed a controlled explosion and roads in the area reopened before 01:00 BST.

Police said an 18-year-old man had been arrested in London and was being questioned.

'Recovered and examined'

No-one was reported injured and police said there was no danger to the public.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "Potentially suspicious items have been found and the building was evacuated as a precaution so the items can be recovered and examined.

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Image caption Bomb disposal officers sent a robot into the building

"Inquiries 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."

No-one from the university was available for comment.

Newcastle University caters for more than 22,000 UK and international students and has 1,200 academic staff.

The INTO Centre offers facilities for more than 700 mainly international students and is spread over four floors.

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