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  • Suspicious package outside Army Recruitment Office.
  • Queens Road businesses evacuated.
  • Bomb disposal unit on scene.
  • Similar incidents in Slough and Oxford today.
  • South East Counter Terrorist Unit investigating

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Well, that was a lot of drama for a Thursday lunchtime.

Given the all clear we will finish the live blog now but make sure you pick up a copy of tomorrow's The Argus for extensive coverage of the bomb scare.

3:13pm

At last count suspicious packages had been discovered today in Queen's Street, Brighton, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, St Giles, Oxford, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough, Berkshire and St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, Kent.
On Wednesday a suspect package was delivered to an army recruitment offices in Hospital Hill, Aldershot, Hampshire,
On Tuesday similar packages were discovered in army recruitment offices in St Mary’s Butts, Reading, Berkshire, and The Dockyards, Chatham, Kent.
 

2:58pm

Chief Inspector Dave Padwick said: "When a suspect package is reported we have a routine response which means we may need to evacuate an area until we can be sure it poses no threat to the public.

"The contents of other similar packages received at Army Careers offices over the last few days are still being examined but it is clear that even if they do turn out to be viable devices they are extremely low level and unlikely to cause any significant harm or damage.

"I would like to thank the public for their patience while we deal with this incident. I know it must be frustrating for people trying to use the city centre.

"The roads and buildings will be opened as quickly as we can but our priority has to be making sure the area is safe."

2:55pm

So it looks as though the incident is over and the police have been stood down. Queens Road and associated areas are now open again.

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Good news coming from the police:

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The Argus:

This was the scene in Chatham, Kent on Tuesday, where another explosive device, described as a "viable letter bomb" was discovered (Pic: Suzanne Williams)

2:23pm

It is reported Kent Police have confirmed the suspicious package discovered in Chatham was an explosive device.

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And now there are reports of a vehcile stopped on way to RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk due to a suspicious package.

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Sky News is reporting yesterday's suspicious package in Reading was a "small but viable" explosive device. We try to get confirmation on that line.

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1:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Cookie2014 says

I live in Reading - we had one at the army careers place on Tuesday. So did Chatham in Kent. Aldershot got one yesterday. I can't understand why there is no national media coverage of it?!?

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Reports of a helicopter on the scene but our reporter informs us it is from a TV station not a police or military aircraft.

1:28pm

Eek. Gary Almond is in the firing line so to speak.

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The Argus:

1:21pm

Some more images from Anna Roberts at the scene:

The Argus:

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The Argus:

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This from our reporter on the scene Anna Roberts:

"The Military Police are here now and you cna see the bomb disposal robot from the street.

Jamie Reid, 32 from Saltdean, was one of those evacuated.

He said: "I was amazed how quickly the police turned up and started evacuating people.

"They were here for about ten minutes and the all of a sudden they told everyone to get out straight away.

"There were loads of police cars and fire engines. It was obvious they were taking it very seriously."

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Here comes the robot:

12:57pm

It appears the bomb disposal team has arrived in Brighton:

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We have just had a statement from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit:

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is currently investigating reports of a number of suspect packages found at Army Careers offices today (Thursday, February 13).

The contents of the package are being assessed and MoD bomb disposal units have been called, as is routine with any suspect package.

The packages were found at Army Careers offices in St Giles, Oxford, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough, and Queen's Road, Brighton.

Suspect packages were found at a number of Army Careers offices yesterday (12/2) in Aldershot, Reading and Chatham.

Detective Superintendent Stan Gilmour, of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "Because suspicious packages were found at various locations yesterday notes were sent out to all the Army Careers offices as well as the Post Office asking staff to be extra vigilant and look out for any suspect packages."

12:40pm

Those of you looking to get a bus need to know about diversions in place because of the bomb scare:

Service 6 - Due to the road closure all services will be terminating at the Old Steine. We cannot currently serve Brighton Station.

Service 7 - Eastbound are currently diverted via Upper Glouceter Road, Dyke Road and Imperial Arcade. Westbound are diverted directly up Imperial Arcade, Dyke Road to which they will resume normal route from the Seven Dials we cannot currently serve Brighton Station from this direction.

Service 14’s - Eastbound are currently diverted via Upper Glouceter Road, Dyke Road and Imperial Arcade back to Churchill Square. Westbound are diverted directly up Imperial Arcade, Dyke Road to which they will resume normal route from the Seven Dials we cannot currently serve Brighton Station from this direction.

Service 27 Eastbound are currently diverted via Upper Glouceter Road, Dyke Road and Imperial Arcade. Westbound are diverted directly up Imperial Arcade, Dyke Road to which they will resume normal route from the Seven Dials we cannot currently serve Brighton Station from this direction.

Service 48 Eastbound are currently diverted via Upper Glouceter Road, Dyke Road and Imperial Arcade. Westbound are diverted directly up Imperial Arcade, Dyke Road to which they will return to Brighton Station Stop D

Service 50 - Due to the road closure all services will be terminating at the Imperial Arcade. We cannot currently serve Brighton Station.

12:39pm

This just in from the Ministry of Defence:

An MOD Spokesperson said: We are aware of ongoing security incidents in Slough and Brighton involving Armed Forces Careers Offices.

"The relevant civilian police constabularies are investigating, with military EOD teams in support, and any further enquiries should be directed to the police. Security advice has been reiterated to our personnel."

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Update on the number of offices targeted is now six. Three today - Brighton, Slough and Oxford - and three previously - Reading, Aldershot and Chatham.

12:35pm

Army bomb experts are en route to Brighton from Aldershot.

12:35pm

This is what is happening in Oxford:

The Argus:

12:34pm

Sussex Police have confirmed the package was outside the army recruitment office in Queens Road.

Similar bomb scares are currently taking place in Oxford and Slough but a police spokesman said it was too early to comment on if the incidents are linked.

12:33pm

And this is from our report on the scene Anna Roberts:

"Roads are closed from the Clock Tower to the junction with North Street. Almost all of Queen’s Road.

"Apparently someone rang the army office this morning, said there was a suspicious package heading their way, was a package and so they called the police.

"People in offices nearby were told to leave immediately and were told it could be a bomb."

12:32pm

He said: "Every business in the street has been evacuated. There are about ten police cars and three fire trucks."

12:31pm

This is a photo of the scene from Nick Powell, who had to evacutae his office:

The Argus:

12:29pm

Brighton city centre has been closed due to a bomb scare.

A suspicious package was discovered this morning in Queens Road with police quickly sealing off the area.

Some buildings nearby have also been evacuated.

Police say the roads will be closed will be several hours while the incident is being dealt with.

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12:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brighton1000 says...

So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?
So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering? Brighton1000
  • Score: -23

12:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bikerjimbo says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?
According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?[/p][/quote]According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 14

12:57pm Thu 13 Feb 14

localboy78 says...

Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'?

If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'?

When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'!
Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'? If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'? When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'! localboy78
  • Score: -64

1:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Peter Truman says...

Amended accordingly. Thanks for the feedback
Amended accordingly. Thanks for the feedback Peter Truman
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

thescarecrow says...

localboy78 wrote:
Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'?

If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'?

When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'!
Why are you having a hissy fit, in public, over absolutely nothing?
[quote][p][bold]localboy78[/bold] wrote: Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'? If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'? When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'![/p][/quote]Why are you having a hissy fit, in public, over absolutely nothing? thescarecrow
  • Score: 41

1:06pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brighton1000 says...

bikerjimbo wrote:
Brighton1000 wrote:
So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?
According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.
Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package.
[quote][p][bold]bikerjimbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?[/p][/quote]According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.[/p][/quote]Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package. Brighton1000
  • Score: -17

1:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Lionsgate666 says...

Nice Tweet from Cara at 01.04pm; "i'm enjoying this bomb scare. we've not done any work in the office since the news broke, just swapping bomb stories and checking t'argus". Taxi for Carla....and don't forget your P45 on your way out!
Nice Tweet from Cara at 01.04pm; "i'm enjoying this bomb scare. we've not done any work in the office since the news broke, just swapping bomb stories and checking t'argus". Taxi for Carla....and don't forget your P45 on your way out! Lionsgate666
  • Score: 11

1:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

lucylocket69 says...

According to Sky News the packages found yesterday are confirmed to be explosive devices!
According to Sky News the packages found yesterday are confirmed to be explosive devices! lucylocket69
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Cookie2014 says...

I live in Reading - we had one at the army careers place on Tuesday. So did Chatham in Kent. Aldershot got one yesterday. I can't understand why there is no national media coverage of it?!?
I live in Reading - we had one at the army careers place on Tuesday. So did Chatham in Kent. Aldershot got one yesterday. I can't understand why there is no national media coverage of it?!? Cookie2014
  • Score: 9

1:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

I bet the greens will find some way to charge the police for parking.
I bet the greens will find some way to charge the police for parking. power_ranger
  • Score: 16

2:05pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brighton1000 says...

Cookie2014 wrote:
I live in Reading - we had one at the army careers place on Tuesday. So did Chatham in Kent. Aldershot got one yesterday. I can't understand why there is no national media coverage of it?!?
Weird I must say, Apparently they are explosives too? Scary ****!
[quote][p][bold]Cookie2014[/bold] wrote: I live in Reading - we had one at the army careers place on Tuesday. So did Chatham in Kent. Aldershot got one yesterday. I can't understand why there is no national media coverage of it?!?[/p][/quote]Weird I must say, Apparently they are explosives too? Scary ****! Brighton1000
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ambo Guy says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
bikerjimbo wrote:
Brighton1000 wrote:
So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?
According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.
Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package.
And you're qualified to give this expert opinion how????
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikerjimbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?[/p][/quote]According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.[/p][/quote]Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package.[/p][/quote]And you're qualified to give this expert opinion how???? Ambo Guy
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

dingdong2 says...

Telegraph is covering the story and reporting that they have been viable explosive devices...

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/uknews/d
efence/10636007/Wave
-of-suspected-bombs-
sent-to-Armed-Forces
-recruiting-offices.
html
Telegraph is covering the story and reporting that they have been viable explosive devices... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/d efence/10636007/Wave -of-suspected-bombs- sent-to-Armed-Forces -recruiting-offices. html dingdong2
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bikerjimbo says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
bikerjimbo wrote:
Brighton1000 wrote:
So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?
According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.
Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package.
Hey all I was trying to do was help to clarify the situation. Don't tell me you wouldn't have been scared if the 'suspect p
ackage' was outside your premises!!
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikerjimbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: So its confirmed that its a bomb? Or is that awful scaremongering?[/p][/quote]According to this report it is a bomb scare with a sus. package being found. So in essence it is treated as a bomb until it is confirmed either way. Hope that helps.[/p][/quote]Not really, If its not confirmed as a bomb then report it as a suspect package.[/p][/quote]Hey all I was trying to do was help to clarify the situation. Don't tell me you wouldn't have been scared if the 'suspect p ackage' was outside your premises!! bikerjimbo
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

OMG this might give the Hapless Davey another way of blockading the motorist!
Anyone discovering a suspicious Mung Shoot container on Gyratory be very careful
OMG this might give the Hapless Davey another way of blockading the motorist! Anyone discovering a suspicious Mung Shoot container on Gyratory be very careful upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Kevin Boateng says...

So was the package delivered by a postman????
So was the package delivered by a postman???? Kevin Boateng
  • Score: 0

6:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

DCCCCCC says...

thescarecrow wrote:
localboy78 wrote:
Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'?

If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'?

When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'!
Why are you having a hissy fit, in public, over absolutely nothing?
Amazed B&H got city status anyway.
[quote][p][bold]thescarecrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localboy78[/bold] wrote: Brighton city centre? This is an imaginary place that doesn't actually exist! Do you think they mean 'Brighton TOWN centre'? Last time I looked Brighton wasn't a city! Or perhaps they mean 'Brighton and Hove city centre'? If central Brighton is called 'Brighton city centre' then surely central Hove must be called 'Hove city centre'? When will these Brighton delusions of grandeur finally cease? BRIGHTON IS NOT A CITY! THE CITY IS 'BRIGHTON AND HOVE'![/p][/quote]Why are you having a hissy fit, in public, over absolutely nothing?[/p][/quote]Amazed B&H got city status anyway. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ttt121orig says...

If this was suspected to be Islamists, there would be racist and derogatory comments here.
Sad world really, depressing.
If this was suspected to be Islamists, there would be racist and derogatory comments here. Sad world really, depressing. ttt121orig
  • Score: 0

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