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Bomb disposal team blows up college chemicals after storage concerns

Some roads have been closed and residents have been kept informed.

A controlled explosion has been carried out following concerns about the storage of chemicals at a college.

An Army bomb disposal (EOD) team moved chemicals from Newcastle College on Sunday morning and blew them up on the city’s Town Moor.

Northumbria Police said the soldiers were called in after a member of staff at the college raised concerns.

This followed advice issued nationally about the storage of particular chemicals used at schools and colleges across the country.

A spokesman said roads in the area were closed for a short time to allow the incident to be dealt with safely.

He said residents were not evacuated but were informed about the incident.

Chief Inspector Dave Morrison said: “I would like to stress there was nothing untoward or suspicious about this incident. A diligent member of staff raised concern and, as a precaution, the chemicals were disposed of safely by explosives ordnance disposal.

“I’d like to thank local residents and people in the area for their patience and understanding while emergency services dealt with the incident as we appreciate there will have been some disruption for them.”

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