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'Bomb' blunder leaves bobbies red-faced

The car was mistakenly targeted. Credit: Times & Star

Police in Workington have been forced to apologise after they carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious car - only to realise the vehicle had been left there by officers.

They had assisted the owner of the car when he became ill, and parked his vehicle outside the police station.

However, officers on duty last night became concerned about suspicious objects in the vehicle.

A controlled explosion was then carried out by bomb disposal experts, and the A596 road was closed, while some residents were warned they may have to be evacuated.

Police now say that the mistake was due to an "internal communication error".

They say they've spoken to the man who owned the car, and have apologised to him.

The Constabulary is not complacent regarding incidents of public safety which we take very seriously.

We would like to thank the public for the patience shown this morning as we dealt with an incident that was treated as suspicious and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We have made contact with the owner of the vehicle, explained the situation and have apologised to him.

The officers who dealt with this morning’s incident did so with public safety in mind and followed the appropriate procedures in respect to an unoccupied suspicious vehicle.

The Constabulary will review this incident and will take on board any learning.

– Inspector Ashley Bennett

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