Police patrol the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus after a bomb threat was called in.
Police patrol the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus after a bomb threat was called in. Stuart Cumming

Bands play on through USQ bomb threat

POLICE and University of Southern Queensland staff moved calmly through large crowds of school children today so as not to alert them to a bomb threat.

Meanwhile, police met with USQ hierarchy as they determined whether or not they would evacuate the thousands of school and university students at the campus.

A bomb threat was received through the university's switchboard about 11am.

It coincided with the TYME Festival, which attracted more than 3000 primary and secondary school students to the campus throughout the day.

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University staff peered into gardens while police officers checked through toilets and bathrooms.

But the threat of an explosion was not enough to stop the live music emanating from the instruments being played for the festival.

Nor was it enough to halt lectures and tutorials at the campus.

Police patrol the University of Southern Queensland campus on West St after a bomb threat was called in.
Police patrol the University of Southern Queensland campus on West St after a bomb threat was called in. Stuart Cumming

An email distributed by the university's incident controller Steve Ivey was sent to staff shortly before 2pm to advise them of the bomb threat.

"Emergency services were immediately alerted and procedures were followed very quickly to ascertain the severity of the threat," Mr Ivey said.

"Authorities deemed the call to be low risk and police advised that there was no need to evacuate the campuses.

"I wish to assure you that every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of everyone on campus and I appreciate your understanding during this time."

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Police remained at the campus until about 2.30pm.

Darling Downs district officer Inspector Mike Curtin said detectives from Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch were following leads on the threat.

"With the current environment we are mindful that these issues may arise," Insp. Curtin said.

"We have a level of preparedness locally."



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