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Student project sparks bomb scare in Cambridge city centre

By Adrian Curtis

Police officers are at risk of assault on a daily basis
Police officers are at risk of assault on a daily basis

A suspicious package turned out to be an air pollution sensor

A student research project inadvertently sparked a bomb scare in Cambridge.

It forced police to evacuate businesses and cordon off streets in the city centre including Trinity Street, St John’s Street and Green street on the afternoon of August 22.

But the scare turned out to be nothing more sinister than a sensor used to measure air pollution which had been left on a cycle by a student who was undertaking a project on the subject.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said:

“We were called at around 4pm to reports of a suspicious package.

“It turned out to be a pollution sensory device that was set up by Cambridge University.

“We didn’t know about it so we took precautions as per our training to make sure Cambridge was safe.

“We found it just outside Trinity College on a bicycle.

“It all went to plan without a hitch.”

Cambridge University students were working on the project for Cambike Sensors.

Among the shops affected by the evacuation process were Bill’s restaurant in Green Street and Heffers bookshop.

However, following the police intervention the city centre returned to normal shortly afterwards.

The police cordon preventing people from accessing a six-acre area being lifted by 6pm on the same evening.


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