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Police cordon off New Road, Gravesend after 'bomb scare'

An unattended bag sparked a bomb scare this afternoon prompting police to tape off a busy pedestrian shopping street in Gravesend.

A policeman walking down New Road is thought to have seen the laptop bag next to a bench.

After he was unable to find its owner, officers decided to cordon off a section of the street to make sure the bag did not pose a threat.

The police cordon in Gravesend. Picture: Carla Rickett
The bag that sparked the drama

The bag was left next to a bench outside Carphone Warehouse in New Road.

Employees in Raw hair salon, next door, said the first they knew there was a problem was when a police officer came into the shop.

Senior stylist Charlotte Rosier said: “A policeman came in and asked us if we had seen anything but we’d been really busy and hadn’t.”

Watch: The police cordon in Gravesend

Designer Alice Toulson said: “The next thing we knew, he was back in and said I’m shutting your shop, there’s a suspicious package outside.”

They described how an officer picked up what looked like a printer or laptop bag and walked off with it. Another eye witness said he had seen officers open the bag.

Police cars at the scene

The cordon was removed after less than half an hour.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police received a report of concern about a package in High Street, Gravesend at 4.17pm.

"Officers attended and a cordon was set up as a precaution. The package was confirmed not suspicious."

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