Controlled explosion carried out after two 'suspicious packages' found in Nottingham

A police cordon in place on Park Road, Lenton after two "controlled explosions" were heard in the area
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A controlled explosion was carried out after two suspicious packages were found in Nottingham, police confirmed. Emergency services were called to Allington Avenue, Lenton at 2pm on Friday (June 28).

The area was sealed off and two loud explosions were heard at around 9.30pm after police focus appeared to shift to Park Road, with a huge emergency service presence at the scene along with a bomb disposal unit.

In an update issued at 10.30pm on Friday, Nottinghamshire Police said two suspicious packages had been found in Lenton - one in Allington Avenue and the second in nearby Maxwell Court. The package found in Maxwell Court was "safely dealt with by Explosive Ordinance Disposal engineers", police added.

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The force said a second controlled explosion is planned for the other package, but a cordon will remain in place "until it can be made safe". Roads in the area are likely to be closed overnight, according to information from officers at the scene.

A police spokesperson said: "People are advised to stay away from the area until further notice. A number of displaced residents have been evacuated as a precaution.

"The Walton Hotel has also opened its doors for people to stay, in the short term, while our work continues at the scene. We would like to thank residents and members of the public for their patience and understanding."

Advice for university students affected by incident

Nottingham Trent University students who have been unable to return home can contact the university on 0115 951 3013. University of Nottingham students affected can contact the university on 0115 848 6462