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Erith Town Hall partially evacuated over suspicious package

PUBLISHED: 15:21 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 November 2019

The cordoned off section of Erith Town Hall, Picture: Joanne Tattler/Facebook

The cordoned off section of Erith Town Hall, Picture: Joanne Tattler/Facebook

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A "suspicious package" caused the partial evacuation and closure of Erith Town Hall today, Monday, November 25, leading to bomb disposal officers being called in.

In a statement, Bexley council confirmed the town hall, which houses the authority's council tax services, was closed from about 12.45pm after concern was raised about a "suspect package".

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"In accordance with our standard procedure, the police were called. On their advice part of the building was evacuated and the reception area was closed," a council spokesman told the local democracy reporting service.

"Police cordons were placed around the outside of the Town Hall as a precaution. Following police advice, bomb disposal officers were called."

"They carried out further checks and found that the package did not pose a threat."

The spokesman said regular operations resumed at 2.15pm.

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