Four men arrested over the murder of two British medical students who were stabbed in Borneo after a row in a bar have admitted the crime.
An 18-year-old Russian student has been charged with making an explosive substance after a bomb scare at Newcastle University.
Officers gave this update, which we are publishing in full, into an investigation at Newcastle University.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
The North East Counter Terrorism Unit has assumed responsibility for the investigation of the incident at the Newcastle University campus.
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.
– Chief Supt Laura Young, Northumbria Police
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."
Police have removed the cordon around Newcastle University. Two student buildings, including the INTO centre for international students, were evacuated while police and British Army bomb disposal teams investigated the area.