Suspicious packages found in Exeter

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  • #1254
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    Tat Ruck

    Update from Devon and Cornwall Police’s facebook page.  

    Police have released images of the suspicious packages found on York Road and King William Street in Exeter yesterday (June 29th).

    Two suspicious packages were discovered in the morning and led to evacuations in the area as the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal experts assessed and made safe the devices. The packages turned out to be suitcases filled with electrical equipment and wires, and not explosive devices.

    Superintendent Keith Perkin said: “We have released these images of the suitcases following the work undertaken by the bomb disposal experts to show to the public the type of incident we were dealing with, and why all involved in yesterday’s incident felt it appropriate to evacuate the area.

    “This is never a decision taken lightly and we are aware of the disruption this causes to both residents and businesses affected, however, I hope these images of the cases will offer some understanding to the public on why we adopted a safety first approach yesterday.

    “We have spoken to two people in connection with yesterday’s event. It appears that one person had filled the cases with old computer materials and electrical wiring and placed these in a nearby skip. Later, another person took these cases from the skip but abandoned them on York Road and King William Street. There was no malicious intent in relation to the placing of the cases and this individual has been given words of advice in relation to this matter.

    “We are aware of how an incident such as this can affect the people of Exeter, especially with social media which now enables the public to offer up a whole host of speculation. Therefore we will have an increased number of visible patrols in and around the area and we will be visiting local businesses and residents to offer reassurance.

    “I would like to personally offer my thanks to all of our communities and partner agencies for their role in what was a professional response yesterday, and to reassure you all that Exeter very much remains a safe place to live and visit.”

  • #1255
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    Olive Tree

    Thanks God! No one was hurt!

  • #1256
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    Daniel Stefanski

    Scary stuff.

  • #524
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    Tat Ruck

    Posted on behalf of Devon and Cornwall police

    At around 6.55am this morning a first suspicious package was found in York Road, near Sidwell Street. A second was later found at 9.15am at the King William Street Car Park in Exeter City Centre.

    Investigations are taking place and a number of road closures remain in place. Road closures at York Road on both the Sidwell Street and Longbrook Street entrances remain in place. Congestion in the area is extensive and motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible. There is also an evacuation of a small number of local properties and St Sidwells School remains evacuated at this time.

    Police would like to reassure communities that this incident is being dealt with working with other agencies, and to contact the police in the usual ways if anyone has any information or any specific concerns:




    ( 999 Emergency
    ( 101 Non-emergency

    Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired:

    : 18000 Emergency Minicom/textphone number

    ) 67101 Non-emergency SMS/text number

    : 18001 101 Non-emergency Minicom/textphone number




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