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University campus is evacuated during city bomb scare

BOMB ALERT UPDATE: University campus is evacuated during city bomb scare

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Bomb scare on East Road

Hundreds of students and teachers have been evacuated from Anglia Ruskin University as police investigate a suspicious package.

Police, fire crews and a specialist bomb disposal squad are in attendance at East Street in Cambridge city centre following a tip off about the bomb scare.

Jemima Willcox, a third year photography student at ARU, said: “I was working in the library when a member of staff came in and told us that there was a bomb scare and we had to evacuate the building.

"I am now stood near the Tram Depot as police have cordoned off the area.

"They seem to be trying to get something out of a water main as they are looking in a drain and pumping water out of it.”

The nearby county court building was unnaffected said court officials, although visitors were having to use the rear entrance for access.

A university spokesman said the evacuation affected the main Helmore Building on East Road.

He added it was the central ARU building housing mainly the arts faculty.

East Road was closed in both directions while a bomb disposal team from RAF Wyton attended after police were called at 1.17pm.