Suspicious package examined at HMS Collingwood deemed safe

HMS Collingwood , Fareham
HMS Collingwood , Fareham
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Police say a suspicious package has been examined at the Royal Navy’s maritime warfare school at HMS Collingwood in Fareham and deemed safe.

Hampshire Constabulary was called to the naval base in Newgate Lane earlier this morning after reports a suspicious package had been delivered.

The package has now been examined and deemed non-suspicious.

HMS Collingwood is the headquarters of the navy’s maritime warfare school, delivering training including weapon engineering, diving, physical training, chemical biological radiation nuclear and damage control, sea survival, seamanship and military skills.

The security alert follows incidents at armed forces recruitment offices across the country in the last week.

Four suspected explosive devices were discovered at army careers offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury, and the Queensmere shopping centre in Slough.

Prime minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee to discuss the suspicious parcels, which sources said were ‘crude’ in design but ‘could have caused injury to others’.

Those deliveries followed packets sent to Aldershot, Hampshire, on Wednesday last week and another two on Tuesday to an armed forces careers office in Reading and the army and RAF careers office in Chatham, Kent.