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Bomb disposal squad called to Leeds Castle after suspect package discovered

25 February 2014
by Kent Messenger reporter

Leeds Castle has been at the centre of a bomb scare today after a suspicious package was found at the venue.

Kent Police and bomb disposal experts were called to the visitor attraction at 11.40am this morning.

Victoria Wallace, chief executive of Leeds Castle, said staff called police after a suspect package arrived in the post.

Bomb disposal teams were sent to Leeds Castle

Bomb disposal teams were sent to Leeds Castle

It is thought to have been a metal plate, which roused the suspicion of staff.
 
She said: "A suspect package was delivered by post to Leeds Castle. The police attended and areas of the offices were temporarily evacuated before the all clear was given."
 
Following the suspicious packages delivered elsewhere in the county this month, Ms Wallace, said staff felt it best to be cautious.
 
Police closed off the Culpeper Garden while bomb disposal experts examined the package.
 
No visitors had to leave.
 
Staff were given the all-clear at around 2.20pm, but police remain at the scene.

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