RBS building at Gogarburn reopened following ‘suspicious package’ alert

The RBS building at Gogarburn in Edinburgh has been reopened following a report of a ‘suspicious package’.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 1:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 4:27 pm

The building was evacuated after police were called around 10:50am today, however, an investigation found the package posed no risk and only contained promotional goods. 

The area surrounding the site has now been reopened.

Edinburgh Police tweeted: “Inquiries have established that the package posed no risk to the public and contained promotional goods.

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“The area surrounding the building has been reopened and the public are thanked for their patience whilst this incident was ongoing.”

Earlier today, Glasgow University was also evacuated after a suspicious package was found. Investigators said the two incidents are not linked.

A Police Scotland spokesperson added: “Around 10:50am, on Wednesday 6 March 2019, police received two reports of suspicious packages found at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

“Emergency services are in attendance and both buildings have been evacuated. At this stage there is nothing to link these incidents. The items will be examined and enquiries are ongoing.”

RBS Royal Bank Of Scotland Gogarburn general. Picture: Greg Macvean

Now detectives have revealed they are working with police in London dealing with yesterday’s spate of suspicious packages.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “Police Scotland officers are continuing enquiries after a suspicious package was received at the University of Glasgow today, Wednesday 6 March 2019.

“The package was not opened and no one was injured. The emergency services were alerted and several buildings within the estate were evacuated as a precaution. A controlled explosion of the device was carried out this afternoon by EOD. A number of police cordons in and around University Avenue remain in place until further notice. There is no ongoing risk to the public.

“Police Scotland is liaising with the Metropolitan Police in relation to their investigation into packages received in London yesterday. However, it is too early to say whether there is a link.

“Inquiries have established that a package received at the Royal Bank of Scotland building on Glasgow Road Edinburgh today posed no risk to the public and contained promotional goods.”

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