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Man charged over Newcastle University evacuation

Newcastle University was evacuated twice when suspicious item were discovered Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police have a charged an man in connection with the evacuation of Newcastle University.

The 18-year-old was arrested in London on Tuesday June 10, on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.

He has been charged with possession of a bladed article in a public place and manufacture of an explosive substance.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Magistrates in London tomorrow, Tuesday June 17, 2014.

A second 18-year-old man, arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation, remains on police bail pending further enquiries.

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Newcastle Uni explosives case: one man bailed

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit says one of the two men being questioned about incidents surrounding Newcastle University has now been released on bail.

The student, aged 18 and from Russia, had been arrested in Newcastle on Wednesday on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act.

A second student, also aged 18 and from Russia, was arrested in London on Tuesday on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.

He remains in custody.

Buildings at Newcastle University were evacuated, and the area sealed off, after police searched a room in a halls of residence and discovered explosives.

These were safely detonated on the Town Moor by bomb disposal experts.

Newcastle Uni staff alerted police to change in student

An investigation into suspected terrorism offences began because Newcastle University staff contacted police to alert them to a change in a student's behaviour, police have confirmed.

At that point they believed a student may have been carrying a knife. A university neighbourhood officer and university staff searched a bedroom in the INTO building in Newcastle city centre, and found a number of items which gave them cause for concern.

Since then two Russian students at the university have been arrested, one on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act and another on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell explained how it unfolded.

Police reveal more details of operation at Newcastle Uni

Police have released more details about an ongoing operation at Newcastle University, after explosive substances were found in a student's room.

Earlier, a building in the city centre was evacuated and sealed off for the second time in three days.

Helen Ford sent this update from outside the news conference at Northumbria Police headquarters:

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Teenager arrested under Terrorism Act

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed that two men, both aged 18, remain in police custody in connection with an investigation into potentially suspicious substances at Newcastle University.

  • The first 18 year old was arrested in London on Tuesday 10th June on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act
  • The second 18 year old was arrested in the Northumbria Police force area on Wednesday 11th June on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act

Officers have been granted extensions to give them more time to question the men.

Police believe Newcastle Uni incident is a one-off

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said she believed the evacuation of a building at Newcastle University was an isolated incident.

She said that substances found early this morning had been safely removed but that officers did not know what yet what those substances were.

We believe that this is an isolated incident."On Tuesday the police were called to attend the university and, as a result of the substances found, the EOD [explosive ordnance disposal, ie bomb disposal squad] came down as a precaution.

"We do not know what the substances are. Then as a result these searches continued and in the early hours of this morning there were further substances found.

"As a precaution students were evacuated from the the building. There hasn't been a requirement to do a controlled explosion like the one required on Tuesday.

"The substances were safely removed."

– Chief Supt Laura Young, Northumbria Police
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