Upminster high street closed by police after suspicious package found
PUBLISHED: 10:08 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 18 July 2016
Police cordoned off a section of a busy high street and carried out a controlled explosion after a suspicious package was left outside a police station on Saturday morning.
A stretch of Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, was cut off by police tape for around two hours after a suitcase was left unattended outside the Upminster Police Office there.
One eyewitness, whose car was stuck within the original area taped off by police before the cordon was tightened, described the surreal situation.
He said: “People were really confused and concerned, there was a really strange atmosphere for a Saturday morning in town and all you could hear were the police sirens.”
Residents living nearby took to social media claiming to have witnessed a controlled explosion being carried out on the package after hearing a loud bang, with many even claiming to have seen bits of the suitcase fly across the road immediately after the explosion.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman at first claimed there was no controlled explosion, and that the abandoned suitcase had been reunited with its owner.
However, in a statement today the Upminster Safer Neighbourhood team confirmed that a controlled explosion was carried out after a specialist team’s scanners detected electronic equipment within the suitcase.
It later transpired the electronic device had been an iPad.
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