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Thursday, 6 August 2009

Filton Bomb Scare

The A38 has been closed both ways at Gypsy Patch Lane this afternoon following the discovery of a suspect package in the area about quarter to four.

The army explosives team are on site, according to Avon and Somerset Police, and a few buildings have been evacuated in the immediate area.

The closure is between Gypsy Patch Lane and Station Road.

Word from the front gate is that there are suggestions that the package was found inside the Rolls Royce factory in the area. Others have claimed it was in the Royal Mail sorting depot on the other side of the dual carriageway.

All traffic, including buses, are being diverted so there is considerable congestion in all approaches though by 6.30 the road had been re-opened, without an explosion, as far as I can gather, so it looks like the whole thing was a hoax.

Post Script: it seems that the only mainstream reporter on site was Martin Jones of Original Radio. You can hear is report from the scene here.

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