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Bomb disposal team travel 90 miles in 'suspicious car' blunder

A bomb disposal team was called. Credit: Martyn Benson.

A bomb disposal team had to travel 90 miles to carry out a controlled explosion on a 'suspicious' car, after a blunder by Cumbria Police.

However, the silver Vauxhall had been left outside Workington Police Station by officers, who were trying to help after the owner of the vehicle became ill.

The mistake meant a long trip for the two-man bomb disposal team from Catterick in North Yorkshire.

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Explosion resident warned he may have to be evacuated

Martyn Benson took this photograph of the car being moved. Credit: Martyn Benson.

A resident of the street on which bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of a car outside Workington Police Station says officers then used an automated robot to search the suspicious vehicle.

Martyn Benson received a knock on his door by a police officer at around 7:20am this morning.

She said there was an incident in the police station and could we move away from the windows to the front room and there was a possibility of being evacuated so that's what we did.

About 10 minutes later there was a loud bang followed a couple of minutes later by another loud bang at the back.

Being a bit nosey we went to the window and saw the bomb disposal unit at the gates of the police station, and they were in the process of using an automated robot to make their way to a car.

– Martyn Benson

Road re-opened after suspicious incident

Cumbria Police say a road has re-opened after a controlled explosion was carried out in Workington.

It followed what the police described as a suspicious incident involving a vehicle outside Workington Police Station.

The A596 road was closed for around an hour while bomb disposal experts carried out the explosion. The police say there was no danger to the public.

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