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City brought to a halt by bomb scare at courts

Army deals with suspicious package

CORDON: Emergency services on the streets after the bomb threat
CORDON: Emergency services on the streets
after the bomb threat

POLICE are investigating after a bomb scare on Thursday morning brought the centre of Canterbury to a standstill. Canterbury Magistrates’ Court was evacuated and police set up roadblocks after a mysterious package was delivered just after 10.30am. According to bystanders, several police cars were dispatched to form a perimeter, and a police helicopter was seen overhead. The Ministry of Defence were called and a military Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, also known as the bomb squad, were dispatched to the scene. Bridge Street was closed, but after invest. igating, the police lifted the cordon, declaring the package “was no threat to the public”. Police have been unable to state what the package was but a spokesman said:

EXPERTS: The bomb squad prepares a robot to investigate the package
EXPERTS: The bomb squad prepares a robot to investigate the package

“We cannot go into too many details about the bomb itself, but we can confirm that It was a piece of mail that caused alarm among court staff.”

This is the second time Canterbury appears to have been the target of a bomb threat, after the New IRA sent a letter bomb to the city’s Army Recruitment Centre in February. Speaking after that attack, Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier, a former member of the Territorial Army, said he believed the city was targeted because it is “a high-profile area”. He added:

“We will carry on, but the public need to be vigilant.”

Herne Bay Gazette, November 19th 2014

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