Bomb scare was a 'hoax' say police

Three stores in Wisbech have been evacuated and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off.

Three stores in Wisbech were and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off after a call to say a bomb had been planted. Police confirmed it was a hoax.. - Credit: Archant

A call to police to say a bomb had been planted at Elme Hall Hotel, Wisbech, was a hoax.  

The incident, however, prompted a cordon to be round the hotel and all neighbouring properties to be evacuated. 

Cambridgeshire Police said they were called at 1.53pm on Sunday to the hotel. 

“There had been a report that a bomb was going to go off at the location,” said a spokesperson.  

“A cordon was put on with the hotel and all the surrounding buildings were evacuated.  


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“It is believed this was a hoax call and no such devices were found’ 

Three stores in Wisbech have been evacuated and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off.

Three stores in Wisbech were evacuated and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off following a bomb scare. It turned out to be a hoax call.. - Credit: Archant

Police and the fire service were quickly on the scene and Morrisons in Elm High Road and neighbouring B&M and B&Q were among the buildings affected.  

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Staff at the stores said they were told to stay outside until the incident was over.  

One customer of B&Q said an announcement was made over the tannoy asking everyone to leave.  

Three stores in Wisbech have been evacuated and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off.

Three stores in Wisbech were evacuated and and Elme Hall Hotel sealed off following a bomb scare. It turned out to be hoax call - Credit: Archant

A major police and fire services operation was carried out.  

Sniffer dogs were used at the hotel to check for devices.  

The incident was later taken over by Norfolk police.  






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