Update 1.10pm, 21 September
Following our investigations, we are satisfied that the two packages were promotional material which had been left behind following an event hosted in the Castle grounds, and were completely innocent.
We take reports of this nature extremely seriously, and followed our protocols to quickly set up a safety cordon, call in the specialist teams, and ensure anyone in the vicinity was removed from the area. We have provided advice to Castle staff, and closed our investigation.
Update at 5pm, 20 September:
Following a report of two suspicious packages, found in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, the EOD have attended and carried out two controlled explosions. They are satisfied that the packages were not explosive devices.
The cordon has now been lifted.
Our investigation into how the packages came to be left or placed there continues.
Original release at 2.30pm, 20 September: We are in attendance at the grounds of Lincoln Castle following a report of two suspicious packages. This was reported to us at 13:04 today.
We are in liaison with the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) who will be attending to assist and have advised a 100m cordon be put in place as a precaution. As such, it is necessary for us to evacuate Crown Court.
Our investigation is likely to be ongoing for a number of hours and will cause some disruption so please avoid the area.
If you have any information that might help our investigation please call 101 with incident reference number 202 of 20 September.
21 Sep 21 1:17 PM