Police cordon at Peterborough bomb scare expected to be lifted overnight as officers work ‘tirelessly’

A police cordon put in place in New Road, Woodston, following a bomb scare should be lifted this evening.

Saturday, 16th March 2019, 9:53 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th March 2019, 10:56 pm

The emergency services, including the bomb disposal unit, have been in New Road, Woodston, throughout the afternoon and evening (Saturday, March 16) after reports of a suspicious package,

Marked and unmarked police cars and fire crews are also in attendance, with a large police cordon up near the Army Reserve Centre since the early afternoon.

A white tent has also been put up, it has been reported, with some residents also said to have been evacuated.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

RAF Bomb disposal called after reports of a suspicious package.. New Road, Peterborough Saturday 16 March 2019. Picture by Terry Harris. THA

A police spokesman said this afternoon: “A multi-agency contingency is in place. The road will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen.”

Residents caught up in the incident have been offered refuge in the Belsize Community Centre.

Police have now issued a second statement this evening (10.40pm): “We anticipate that the street will be reopened this evening. However, we have no definitive time yet. Rest assured officers are working tirelessly to expedite this process.

“If you require medication or similar items urgently, you are kindly asked to report to a police officer on the cordon who will facilitate this to you.”