UPDATE -- The mood is calm and cool in the downtown right now. People are going about their business for the most part and a few gawkers are there to watch the police work. I just came back from the yellow police line in St George's Square, where I talked to one of the officers standing guard. His mood was good and he said that the bomb squad is looking at "the package" right now. Otherwise, they've got things under control.
"I saw the bomb disposal unit and Wyndham and Quebec are closed and I couldn’t go to the post office because it’s closed..."
That was the tip off, but I had already seen the closed section of Quebec St (at Norfolk) as I was on a bus diverted down to the River Run Centre. Here's what the Guelph Police have to say:
At approximately 12:00 pm this date the Guelph Police commenced an investigation into a suspicious package that was found at a local business on upper Wyndham St. in the downtown area. Police are following procedure and have evacuated some businesses in the immediate area. They have also closed down Wyndham St. between Quebec St. and Woolwich St. as well as Baker Street and Chapel Lane.
The safety of our citizens is paramount and we are asking that the public remain away from upper Wyndham Street for the time being.
We are confident that this situation will be resolved shortly and we will provide an update as soon as possible.
All city buses will be staging on Woolwich Street by the River Run until further notice.
If anyone has any further information, or has witnessed anything similar, please contact the Guelph Police Service at (519) 824-1212 or leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222 TIPS (8477) or submit on-line at: www.crimestoppers-wellington.com.
More news as it develops