Bomb scare brings town to stand­still

CARE­LESS SHOP­PER: Suit­case and box were left out­side Lloyds Bank

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

height­ened se­cu­rity risk, the po­lice re­sponded as you would ex­pect them to.

“For years now we have been ask­ing peo­ple not to leave lug­gage ly­ing around – and it just goes to show just what hap­pens and how it causes dis­rup­tion in the town.”

The call alert­ing po­lice to the left lug­gage was re­ceived at 3.10pm on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cers guided peo­ple away from the bank.

Then at about 4.20pm a wider area was sealed off, from Boots to WH Smith, and most of Bank Street.

Shop­pers watched as an Army bomb dis­posal team car­ried out a con­trolled ex­plo­sion.

One wit­ness at the Man of Kent pub said: “The bangs were re­ally loud and caused all the birds to fly off.”

The roads around the High Street were closed un­til 5.45pm.

Po­lice say they are not treat­ing the in­ci­dent as a hoax and are try­ing to trace the owner.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1553713

The Army bomb dis­posal team in action

Pic­ture: Sarah Mar­shall PD1553698

Po­lice seal off Lloyds Bank in Ash­ford town cen­tre af­ter a sus­pect pack­age is found

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