Scary mo­ments as ‘bomb’ is checked

Emer­gency ac­tion after pack­age left on bus

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A BOMB scare led po­lice to close a busy street and evac­u­ate prop­er­ties.

Of­fi­cers were called to the junc­tion of Fer­rers Av­enue and Sta­tion Road, in West Dray­ton, at 3.05pm on Mon­day, fol­low­ing re­ports of a sus­pi­cious pack­age hav­ing been left on a bus. They cor­doned off the road be­tween there and Swan Road and evac­u­ated nearby busi­nesses.

The road was re­opened at about 4.30pm after of­fi­cers from the force’s Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Unit had searched the pack­age and found it to be safe.

Am­bu­lance crews also at­tended, but no one needed treat­ment.

A wit­ness who works nearby said a po­lice of­fi­cer had or­dered ev­ery­one out of his of­fice.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: “We had a knock on the door – a po­lice­man very out of breath. He’d been run­ning. He was very fran­tic.

“He said to lock up the of­fice and stay away from the win­dows.

“From our win­dows you could see the bus, which had been parked there for be­tween 15 and 20 min­utes.

“About 20 min­utes or so later we got a knock on the door from a dif­fer­ent po­lice of­fi­cer, say­ing could we lock up and leave via the back door.

“You could see ev­ery sin­gle store and shop be­ing told the same thing. They pointed us in which di­rec­tion to walk. It’s not some­thing that hap­pens ev­ery day.

“It’s a bit more re­laxed now, but at the time it was quite scary.”

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