LiveSuspicious package at MP's office sparks evacuation from Three Bridges

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Summary

  • The bomb squad has been called to Stephenson Way in Three Bridges, Crawley, following the discovery of a suspicious package.
  • The package was sent to the offices of Crawley MP Henry Smith.
  • 2.30pm update - the 'bomb' was, in fact, just a letter, police say.

3:40pm

Here are some more pictures of the cordon by our photographer Terry Applin:

The Argus:

The Argus:

The Argus:

2:28pm

And this from Emily Walker: The cordon is now down, and the incident is over. 

2:27pm

Just in - police say the suspicious package is, in fact, just a letter. More as we get it. 

2:16pm

Here's a picture from onlooker Peter Bellamy, sent to us on Twitter. He said:  "I was at Barclays and saw the cars across the entrance, with the officers waving traffic past."

The Argus:

2:14pm

More from Emily Walker: Sussex Police have just told her the trading estate is likely to be closed to vehicles for the next five hours. 

2:06pm

Mr Smith has spoken to a local paper. He said he was not at the office at the time, adding: “My office received a handwritten envelope this morning and one of my senior case workers collected it and thought it looked suspicious. It was quite bulky and lumpy.

“It was a handwritten address envelope which is unusual because I normally receive printed correspondence. If constituents want to contact me it is mainly done through e-mail now so the envelope stood out."

2:04pm

Argus chief reporter Emily Walker is on the scene. She said the bomb squad is on the scene, and their robots are being deployed.

She's emailed us this picture of the cordon: 

The Argus:

1:37pm

The package has been sent to Crawley MP Henry Smith's office at the Crawley Business Centre in Stephenson Way, police have confirmed. 

This picture of the business centre is from Google Streetview: 

The Argus:

1:30pm

There's clearly more interest in this bomb scare following the string of parcels left at army recruitment offices across England last week, one of which was in Brighton. Responsibility has since been claimed by a group calling themselves the IRA.

1:21pm

If you have any pictures, or have been evacuated, please get in touch by emailing jo.wadsworth@theargus.co.uk or calling 01273 544 516.

1:17pm

Statement from police:

"At 11.45am on Wednesday 19 February we were informed that a small envelope, which had arrived in the post at an office in Stephenson Way, Three Bridges, was felt by the recipients to be suspicious. Local officers have arrived and are assessing the situation. Military Ordnance Disposal have also been asked to attend. The building and two immediately adjacent buildings have been evacuated for the time being purely as a precaution but it has not been necessary to to carry out any further evacuations at present."

 

1:16pm

Stephenson Road in Crawley has been sealed off and the area evacuated. More as we get it. 

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5:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Goldenwight says...

Suspicious package delivered to Crawley MP- Police have about 100,000 suspects!
Suspicious package delivered to Crawley MP- Police have about 100,000 suspects! Goldenwight
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