Umbrella tests security

A report of a man carrying a weapon at Waikato University this morning tested the institute's emergency procedures, but in the end the ''weapon'' was just an umbrella.

Multimedia was used to alert students and staff of the potential threat after it was reported to campus security and police that a tall, Caucasian male with shoulder-length brown hair who was wearing a long trench coat and was believed to be in his 20s was sighted carrying the ''weapon'' onto campus.

Within an hour the warning was downgraded before being eliminated.

louise.risk@waikatotimes.co.nz

Waikato Times