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Kilmarnock college students evacuated over 'bomb scare'

Students at Kilmarnock college Image copyright Andrew McMahon

Students and staff have been evacuated from a college in Ayrshire amid reports of a bomb threat.

Ayrshire College in Kilmarnock was cleared after staff received a "malicious communication" at about 11:30, according to police.

Images posted on social media show police and fire crews at the scene while hundreds of people stood on streets outside the campus.

A police spokeswoman said the college was evacuated as a "precaution".

She said the building was searched by staff, who were assisted by the emergency services.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident," she added.

'Emergency protocol'

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they sent three fire appliances to the college after the alarm was raised.

"Crews left the scene at 13:07 after ensuring the area was made safe," he added.

It is understood that the incident is not thought to be terrorist related.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the college said it followed emergency protocol after receiving the malicious communication.

It added that the campus was closed to allow a search to take place and the college will reopen as normal tomorrow.

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