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York suspicious package was no threat to the public.


8:23am 9th February 2011
(Updated 5:05pm 10th February 2011)

The bomb disposal squad have been in York this morning.

A suspect package was found in the post at the Aviva building in the center .

North Yorkshire police evacuated all staff from the building and  cordoned off the area as a precaution.

The police have released this updated statement:

The Army bomb disposal unit have dealt with the suspicious package found in the mail room of Aviva PLC this morning.

The cordons which were put in place as a precaution have been removed and Aviva staff are now being allowed to return to the building

The roads which were affected by the cordon are now clear, traffic and pedestrians are free to move around the city.

North Yorkshire Police would like to thank members of the public and Aviva staff for their patience during the incident.

Just to clarify, the package found at Aviva PLC this morning did not pose a danger to the public and North Yorkshire Police are working with Aviva to establish the origins of the package.

Police understand that a lot of disruption was caused in the city this morning, however officers responded to a call made in good faith and we have a duty to take every precaution in the circumstances such as these.

Earlier the police told us:

North Yorkshire Police are currently at the scene of an incident in York city centre.

At approximately 7.20am today a suspicious package was found in the post room of Aviva PLC on Rougier Street.

A cordon was put in place around the building and members of staff were evacuated to the nearby war memorial.

No surrounding buildings are required to evacuate, however occupants of nearby buildings are advised to stay inside at this time.

Army bomb disposal experts arrived at the scene at around 8.50am and are currently examining the package.

Rougier Street and Station Road are currently closed to traffic and pedestrians, however buses are being allowed through the cordon.

The police actions are a precautionary measure and residents and visitors to York are advised that the situation is under control.

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