Glasgow City Chambers evacuated due to ‘suspicious package’

The package was left in the east wing of the building, causing an evacuation of staff.

An eyewitness said: ‘A man came into reception from the east side of the rooms and put down a red tool box before going out.

Police are currently on the scene and the main section of the building is currently closed. The Cochrane Street and George Street entrances have been cordoned off by police.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: ‘The building has been evacuated as a precaution.

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An event marking 100 days of the COP26 climate summit – which was attended by dozens of school children – was held in the Chambers banquet hall.

It is understood the showcase ended minutes before the bomb threat and all 120 guests at the climate change event left the building just before the lockdown.

A member of staff said: “We didn’t know what was going on, we were just told we had to get out as soon as possible.

“It was very quiet and done quickly but quite worrying.

“This is not how I expected my working day to end.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of a suspicious package at City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow at around 3.20pm on Monday 21st February 2022.

“Officers attended alongside other emergency services and a cordon was put in place.

“Part of the building was evacuated as a precaution.

“Investigations to establish all the circumstances are ongoing.”

Police issued an update at around 5.45pm saying they had removed the article and were continuing their investigations.

A statement read: “We attended City Chambers, George Square at around 3.20pm following a report of a suspicious package.

A cordon was put in place while the package was analyzed and it was determined that there was no threat to the general public.

“The article will be deleted and investigations are ongoing.”

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