Suspicious package ‘blown up’ in village bomb scare
A package suspected to be a bomb was found and destroyed in a ‘controlled explosion’ in a north Suffolk village on Wednesday afternoon.
Suffolk Police was called to the scene in Botesdale at about 1pm after being alerted by a member of the public to the presence of the suspicious-looking package in some shrubbery next to a foothpath.
Residents within a 100-metre radius of the footpath in The Street were ordered to evacuate their homes, and a police Bomb Disposal Unit was dispatched to the village.
A controlled explosion of the suspicious package was then carried out by the disposal team, with a cordon having been set up to keep members of the public from harm.
The explosion revealed, however, that the package was just a harmless bag of flour.
Residents were able to return to their homes at about 6pm later on that evening.
Suffolk Police is appealing for information regarding the incident.
If you can help officers in their enquiries, call Mid Suffolk North Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.
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Weather for Diss
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
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Temperature: 11 C to 19 C
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