Bournemouth University put in lockdown after reports of man 'in suicide vest' - but it was just a runner in fitness gear

A UNIVERSITY was put in lockdown following reports of a man ‘in a suicide vest’ – but it turned out to just be a runner wearing fitness gear.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 5:14 pm
Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus. Picture: Google Maps

Police were called to the Talbut campus at Bournemouth University this afternoon and searches were carried out following the security alert.

The university was put on lockdown as a result of the reports.

In a statement on social media, Dorset Police said: ‘Dorset Police received a report at 2.33pm on Friday 10 January regarding a security alert relating to a man seen in the area of the Boundary roundabout near to Bournemouth University.

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‘An initial report suggested the man could be wearing something that resembled a suicide vest. As a precaution, the university was placed on lockdown as searches of the area were carried out.

‘Officers attended the scene and undertook an investigation, including a review of CCTV footage, and it was established that it was believed to be someone running in a fitness vest.

‘The lockdown has now been lifted and we do not believe there is any further cause for concern or threat to the public.’

Earlier in the afternoon, Bournemouth University posted on Facebook: ‘There is currently a police operation underway at Talbot Campus. We will provide more information when we have it but would ask you to avoid speculation at this time.’