Suspect package found at City College Norwich

Investigations are under way after a "suspicious package" was found at City College Norwich.

Investigations are under way after a 'suspicious package' was recovered City College Norwich.

Parts of the Ipswich Road college were evacuated this morning amid reports of a bomb scare on the site.

Students were evacuated from the catering and health and beauty departments as well as the cafeteria at around 10.15am as officers from Norfolk police went on site.

The scare was caused by an unattended package which police have taken away for investigations.

A police spokeswoman said: 'We were called to the college following reports of a suspicious package. Officers attended the scene and as a precaution parts of the building were evacuated until the package was made safe.'

Two buildings at the southern end of the campus, West Lodge and Southwell Lodge, were closed while police were at the scene and officers were on guard to ensure students and staff did not enter the buildings.

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The buildings were reopened at about 1.15pm.

A spokeswoman for City College Norwich said: 'The package is now being investigated by the police. The safety of our students, staff and visitors is of paramount importance, and the college is pleased with the swift and calm response of its security staff to this incident.'

She said that no classes or teaching were affected by the scare which came as a shock to students.

Elizabeth Pallatt, 16, from Dereham, who was due to be in a hairdressing class at 11am, said: 'We were told we were not allowed to go anywhere near the building.

'When I first heard it was a bomb scare, I thought they were joking at first. It was a surprise. I haven't heard anything like this happen at the college before.'

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