Melbourne’s CBD traffic has ground to a halt after police closed the area around the Victorian Parliament and the bomb squad went to investigate reports of a suspicious package being found in the area.
Spring, Nicholson, Lonsdale and Albert streets are closed, also bringing a number of tram services to a halt.
Victoria Police have yet to confirm the nature of the incident, saying only that they are conducting a “safety check”.
It’s believed passers noticed an unattended backpack in Parliament Gardens and notified a nearby fire station.
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