Oxford Bomb Scare: Latest Update
12 June 2013, 15:17
A major road in Oxford’s been closed – after a bomb scare at a college.
The University of Oxford has now confirmed a suspicious package found at St Hugh's College this morning was not a bomb.
Students were evacuated from some buildings there at around lunchtime - they've now been allowed back inside.
Police and bomb disposal experts were called.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed two controlled explosions have taken place.
Woodstock Road was closed in both directions around St Margaret’s Road - it has now reopened.
A 100-metre cordon was set up but police have said there is no danger to the public.
A St Hugh’s College spokesperson said: "A package was found on college grounds this morning that, to be cautious, was treated as suspicious, but the police have confirmed that it is not an explosive device and poses no danger.
"As a precautionary measure certain college buildings had been evacuated, but the buildings are now operational again and the situation is returning to normal.
"We thank the police and we appreciate the calm response of everyone involved."
The bomb scare comes in the middle of exam season at the University – the college has emailed students that cannot get back to their rooms to say they don’t need to wear official gowns for their exams.
Heart is following this story as it happens – check back here for more updates later.