Scary moments as ‘bomb’ is checked
Emergency action after package left on bus
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.”