Police have confirmed that the EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit have carried out a controlled explosion as a precaution following an incident involving two 18-year-old Russian national students.

Police are reassuring residents this was a planned event and is in connection with the incident which is ongoing at Newcastle University.

Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: “Police have been searching a Newcastle Unversity building and the building has been evacuated as a precaution so that items can be recovered and examined.

“Residents around Newcastle Town Moor may have heard a slight bang and I would like to reassure them this is in connection with the incident at the University and was planned.”

Enquiries are continuing. The 18-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation was arrested in London.

There is currently no cause for concerns for students and the wider community.