News: First image released of item that caused police and bomb squad to be deployed to Lincoln university building

News: First image released of item that caused police and bomb squad to be deployed to Lincoln university building

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Police have revealed the find that caused a bomb disposal team to be deployed to a university building in Lincoln.

A number of officers were sent to Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) building, owned by Bishop Grosseteste University, in Newport after a ‘suspicious’ item was found as part of an archaeological dig this morning, Monday, June 12.

Children taking part in the excursion were sent home, while staff and students were ordered to leave the premises while the building was evacuated.

An Army bomb disposal unit was drafted in to ensure the discovery, which was initially thought may be a World War Two grenade, was safe.

 

It has now been cleared and police have revealed what was found.

A statement put out by Lincolnshire Police said: “It has been confirmed that the item found in Newport, Lincoln is part of an agricultural item.

“There was no risk to the public and officers are leaving the scene.”

A force spokesperson told Lincolnshire Live that it wasn’t sure exactly what the item was, but did add that it was not an “explosive”.

Police are in attendance after an incident in Newport in Lincoln. People have been evacuated from the LORIC building at BGU.
Police are in attendance after an incident in Newport in Lincoln. People have been evacuated from the LORIC building at BGU.
(Image: Anna Draper/Lincolnshire Live)

A number of police vehicles had been spotted parked on the street.

Police later said that there was an ongoing incident and people should avoid the area.

Bishop Grosseteste University has thanked all for their help.

Bomb disposal arrives after an incident at the LORIC building in Newport, Lincoln
Bomb disposal arrives after an incident at the LORIC building in Newport, Lincoln
(Image: Anna Draper/Lincolnshire Live)

A statement said: ““Bishop Grosseteste University can confirm that Lincolnshire Police were called to our Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) this morning following the discovery of a suspicious item at an archaeological dig on site.

“On police advice and in line with our health and safety procedures for such an event the LORIC building was evacuated as a precautionary measure. The rest of campus was unaffected.

“The LORIC site is now open. The police have confirmed that the item discovered poses no risk to the public and were happy that the University had called them in.

“Thank you to all our students and staff for being vigilant and reacting swiftly to this incident.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank Lincolnshire emergency services and the Bomb Disposal Squad for their calm and professional support, as well as our staff, students and partnership organisations for their patience and understanding.”



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