Police attended a building in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth today (Thursday 19 April), having received a report of a suspicious object at 4.18pm this afternoon.
Emergency services attended the scene and a cordon was set up around the building – a student accommodation block.
An Explosive Ordnance Team was called in, as is routine in these situations. A controlled explosion on the object was carried out in Victoria Park.
As a precaution, the building was evacuated. The students have now been allowed back in and the cordon around the building has now been lifted.
All students are safe. The incident was co-ordinated with support from Hampshire Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Portsmouth City Council, the University of Portsmouth and The Student Housing Company.
No-one has been injured in this incident and there is not believed to be any wider or ongoing threat to the public.
Initial enquiries are now underway and a 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident. He is currently in police custody.
The immediate issue has now been resolved