BREAKING UPDATE: Man arrested after bomb squad called to ‘suspicious package’ found at St James’s Hospital, Leeds

ACCORDING to early reports from Leeds in the UK, police have arrested one man in connection with an incident at St James’s Hospital where a ‘suspicious package’ was found.

UPDATE 12.58 pm (January 20) – UK Terror Police have confirmed that a 27-year-old man has been arrested after a ‘suspicious package’ was found at St James’s Hospital, Leeds on Friday, January 20.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East said: “Emergency Services were called to a potentially suspicious package outside the Gledhow Wing of St James’ Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds earlier this morning.

“A cordon has been put in place as a precautionary measure for public safety and army specialists are in attendance to make an assessment in line with normal procedures.

“People are asked to avoid the entrance to the Gledhow Wing at this time while the cordon remains in place.

“As a safety precaution, some people have been evacuated from the immediate vicinity.

“A 27 year old man from Leeds has been arrested in connection with the matter.

“Due to the nature of the incident, CTP North East has deployed resources with access to specialist capabilities to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“Emergency Department at St James’s remains open, and patients are asked to attend outpatient appointments as normal unless contacted otherwise.”


ORIGINAL 11.08 am (January 20) – A bomb squad has been dispatched to St James’s Hospital in Leeds after a ‘suspicious package’ was found on Friday, January 20.

The public has been warned to stay away from St James’s Hospital in Leeds by West Yorkshire Police, who alongside the bomb squad, are investigating a ‘suspicious package’.

A spokesperson said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with a suspicious package incident outside the Gledhow Wing at St James’s Hospital, in Beckett Street, Leeds.

“A cordon has been put in place as a precautionary measure for public safety.

“Officers are liaising with Army specialists who are at the scene to make an assessment in line with normal procedures.

“People are asked to avoid the entrance to the Gledhow Wing at this time.”

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with a suspicious package incident outside the Gledhow Wing at St James’s Hospital.

“A cordon has been put in place as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety and we have been working with the police to evacuate some ward areas to keep our patients and staff safe.

“Please avoid the entrance to the Gledhow Wing at this time. Access to the hospital will be through Alma Street (Bexley entrance) or Gledhow Road.”

UK news outlet The Yorkshire Post reported that staff, patients and everyone inside the hospital are being urged to move away from windows and move into corridors.

An eyewitness told the media outlet: “I am a patient on the respiratory ward and we have all been moved out of our rooms onto the corridors and into the staff rooms.”

More to follow…


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