Police operation at Lismore concludes

A police operation launched after threatening phone calls were received at a university campus at Lismore earlier today has now concluded.

About 1.30pm (Tuesday 17 September 2019), a threatening phone call was received by police from the Richmond Police District.

Local police attended the campus on Military Road, where they were assisted by specialist units; including Tactical Operations Regional Support (TORS), the Negotiation Unit, the Rescue & Bomb Disposal Unit, and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

Approximately 800 people were evacuated from the university after a lockdown was initiated. Nearby schools also initiated lockdowns, which have all now been released.

There were no reports of shots fired and following an extensive search of the campus, no credible threat was detected.

One female student was conveyed to Lismore Base Hospital for a minor injury not related to the threatening phone call.

Whilst the police operation has ended, police will work cooperatively with university management and continue to maintain a high visibility presence on and around the campus.

Detectives from Richmond Police District have commenced investigations into the source of the phone calls and as their inquiries continue, they would like anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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