Stevenage Comet office evacuated following bomb scare

PUBLISHED: 15:53 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 06:59 22 February 2018

The scene earlier today, when the Comet and Lloyds staff were evacuated. Picture: Archant

The scene earlier today, when the Comet and Lloyds staff were evacuated. Picture: Archant

Archant

The entire staff has been evacuated from the Comet newsroom in Stevenage this afternoon after reports of a suspicious package left next door.

Stevenage Comet office evacuated following bomb scare. Picture: The Comet. Stevenage Comet office evacuated following bomb scare. Picture: The Comet.

The package, in the Lloyds office at Bank House in Primett Road, was found at about 3pm and the Comet team was evacuated along with other staff working at Bank House in Primett Road.

The Comet understands a member of staff at Lloyds – which occupies offices adjacent to the Comet – accepted the parcel from a delivery driver.

It was personally addressed to a member of staff and looked as if it had come from abroad – possibly eastern Europe.

Multiple police vehicles are currently the scene, with special branch officers summoned.

Comet editor Nick Gill said: “We’re used to reporting on the news rather than being the subject of it, but the main thing is everyone is safely out of the building.

“Hopefully it is nothing more than a false alarm but, as they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Related articles

More news stories

30 minutes ago

A fluffy pet cat has had extensive surgery after being shot in Stevenage on Monday, much to the distress of his owners.

10:30

Farmers near Hitchin have withdrawn a plan to build a huge biofertiliser lagoon off the A505 near Great Offley.

09:24

Do you want to be a magistrate? A campaign has been launched across Hertfordshire to recruit more volunteers to help deliver justice in our communities.

08:52

A Glaswegian who conspired with four other blackmailers to target a man in Stevenage is behind bars.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

The Comet weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy