The road closures around the Nanaimo RCMP detachment have been lifted after a partial evacuation Tuesday morning when two suspicious packages were found on the lawn adjacent to the building.
According to Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with the Nanaimo RCMP, two cardboard packages were found at around 10:30 a.m.
“Due to where the packages were found and out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to evacuate a portion of the detachment and to not allow the general public to enter the building,” O’Brien wrote in a release.
A portion of Fitzwilliam Street, which runs adjacent to the detachment, between Prideaux and Milton streets, was closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit attended and made the items safe. Police said at 3:46 p.m. that the road closures have been lifted. However, the detachment is closed to the public for the remainder of the day.
The detachment’s non-emergency line and 911 are still available to call. If the situation changes, the public will be advised. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.