Newark and Sherwood District Council building, Castle House, was evacuated. (Image: Google Maps)

A council building in Newark was evacuated after a “suspect package” was delivered to its post room.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s office, Castle House, cleared the building in Great North Road Newark, and were urging people to stay away from the area at around 11.45am on Tuesday.

Staff were allowed to return to work at 12.50pm.

Lynn Preece, a member of the communications team, said: “We had a suspect package which was delivered to our post room.

“We have a procedure that we need to follow so luckily there was a very professional and quick response from the local police and fire rescue.

“It’s a hot day so everyone just went into the cool and got drinks. There was no risk, no injury.
“The package was harmless so we’re back in the building and working again now so not really anything to worry about.
“We apologise for no service in the past hour but we have to be sensible and follow the correct procedure.”

A spokesman for Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “Thank you for bearing with us. We are now all back and working at Castle House.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said:

“The offices of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, were evacuated as a precaution today Tuesday, May 8 for a short period of time following the discovery of an unidentified substance.

“Council staff and those of its partner organisations reacted promptly and professionally and the offices are now fully open again.

“Firefighters from Retford and specialist officers from Loughborough, and across Nottinghamshire, were called to identify and contain the substance at around 11am.

“The building was evacuated as a precaution whilst the team worked – the substance has now been contained. Nobody has been injured and crews are now starting to leave the scene.”

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