Bomb squad sent in over chemicals at Newcastle College

A bomb disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion at Newcastle College following concerns over the storage of chemicals.

Roads were cordoned off while Army officers moved the substances from the city centre campus to be blown up on Town Moor.

The soldiers were called in after a member of staff raised concerns.

It followed advice issued nationally about the storage of particular chemicals used at schools and colleges.

Residents near the campus were not evacuated but were informed about the incident.

Chief Inspector Dave Morrison said there was “nothing untoward or suspicious about this incident”.

“A diligent member of staff raised concern and, as a precaution, the chemicals were disposed of safely by explosives ordnance disposal,” he said.

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Source: Sky News