Victoria Park closed off for controlled explosion after Portsmouth police discover '˜suspicious object'

AN ORDNANCE disposal team will carry out a controlled explosion in Victoria Park after a '˜suspicious object' was discovered.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 11:08 pm
Updated Friday, 20th April 2018, 12:31 pm

Police were called to a building in Stanhope Road in Portsmouth tonight following the report of a ‘suspicious object’.

In a message posted on Twitter at 9.32pm, Portsmouth Police said an explosive ordnance disposal team had been ‘called in’ following the sighting – with a view to carrying out a ‘controlled explosion’ in Victoria Park.

Officers said the explosion would take place ‘shortly’,

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The news follows reports of University of Portsmouth students being evacuated from a building close to Stanhope Road after 6pm.

Portsmouth Police has urged city residents not to ‘be alarmed’.

Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Credit: Google Street View
Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Credit: Google Street View