Alarm at Peterborough mail sorting centre after suspect parcels found

Royal Mail sorting offices in Papyrus Road, Werrington, Peterborough, where a suspect package had been found. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
Royal Mail sorting offices in Papyrus Road, Werrington, Peterborough, where a suspect package had been found. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
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Thursday, 6.30pm: Bomb disposal experts were called out today (1 May) after two suspicious packages were found at the Royal Mail sorting centre in Peterborough.

The alarm was sounded at about noon after staff at the Mail Centre, in Papyrus Road, Werrington, became concerned about messages taped to two parcels.

The packages were immediately isolated and the police and bomb disposal unit alerted.

Ordnance experts X-rayed the packages which were found to contain excrement.

Senior staff then disposed of both parcels, which had been addressed to premises in Torquay, Devon.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that two suspect packages were found at the Royal Mail’s Mail Centre at Peterborough at lunchtime.

“The police and bomb disposal team attended and the all clear was given.

“The two items have now been disposed of. The building was not evacuated because the parcels were securely isolated and our collection and sorting operations which are carried out at the mail centre were not affected.”

A police spokesman said: “We have had reports of a suspicious package at the sorting office in Werrington.

“Explosives Ordnance Disposal experts attended as a precaution.”

He said messages taped to the parcels had given rise to concerns by staff.

He said it was not deemed to be in the public interest to investigate the matter any further.