Incendiary devices found at Oxford College

26th February 2007

Templeton College, Kennington, Oxford - a part of Oxford University. It may have been targeted by animal rights protesters.

Two incendiary devices were found today at an Oxford University college, police confirmed.

Bomb disposal experts cordoned off an annex at Templeton College in Kennington on the outskirts of the city following the report at 11.50am by a member of college staff.

Officers said there was not thought to be any danger to the public but they evacuated the area as a precaution while the bomb disposal team carried out its work.

A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police confirmed that the devices were found at the college and had not been received in the post but she could not say what the nature of them was.

Police officers blocked the road leading up to the college but were allowing some visitors access to other parts of the grounds.

A fire crew also arrived at the scene this afternoon to help police with their investigation.

The car park of the college remained full of vehicles and it was understood that staff and students were still being allowed access to other parts of the building complex.

The Army bomb disposal team dealing with the incident later left the scene.

Conference delegates who were evacuated from the building were allowed to return and collect their cars.

Mike Warren, of Provec, said they had been told by staff that "it was something to do with the animal rights people" and they were told to leave the building just after noon today.

Located in Kennington in the outskirts of Oxford, away from the main university area, Templeton is a graduate college specialising in teaching and research on business management.