Several buildings at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters in Edinburgh have been evacuated following reports of suspicious packages.

The two packages have not been linked and it is not clear if they represented a threat, but they follow reports on Tuesday of a package bursting into flames after being opened at a building operated by Heathrow airport, and similar packages being found at other London transport hubs.

The university said it had led students and staff off campus on the advice of the police. “The university is now working closely with Police Scotland,” a spokesperson said.

“On their advice, we have evacuated and closed several buildings, including the mail room, Learning and Teaching Hub, Wolfson Medical School, Bower building, Isabella Elder building, Boyd Orr and Joseph Black building.”

Police Scotland said it had received calls just before 11am on Wednesday. “Police are in attendance and both buildings have been evacuated. At this stage there is nothing to link these incidents. They will be examined and inquiries are ongoing,” read a statement on Twitter.

This article was written by Alexandra Heal, for on Wednesday 6th March 2019 13.39 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010