Suspect packages found in the South East

Seven suspect packages have been found outside Army careers offices in the South East.

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Suspect packages found in the south east

A major counter-terrorism investigation is underway tonight after a series of suspicious packages were sent to Army careers centres across the south east.

Offices in Brighton and Canterbury, Oxford and Slough were targeted today.

Yesterday it was at Aldershot, Reading - and the day before - Chatham.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has said after the first cases were found yesterday, Post Offices and Army Recruitment centres were warned to be on the lookout.

Malcolm Shaw reports on today's fast moving events.

Statement on suspicious packages

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) are currently investigating a series of suspect packages sent to Army Careers offices across the region.

So far seven suspect packages have been received at the following locations:

Armed Forces Careers Office, St Marys Butts, Reading, and the Army and RAF Careers office at Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, on Tuesday (11/2).

The Army Careers Office, Hospital Hill, Aldershot, Hampshire, yesterday (12/2).

Army Careers offices in St Giles, Oxford, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough, Queens Road, Brighton, and St Peter's Street, Canterbury, today (13/2).

The contents of the packages are suspicious in nature and will now be sent off for forensic examination. Even if the contents are determined to be a viable device they pose a very low level threat and are unlikely to cause significant harm or damage. When a suspect package is reported we have a routine response which means we may need to evacuate the area if necessary until we can be sure it poses no threat to the public. Whilst this can cause concern and disruption for local communities, it is a necessary precaution until we know what we are dealing with.”

– Det Supt Stan Gilmour of SECTU


Suspect packages found at Army Careers offices

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is currently investigating a number of suspect packages found outside Army Careers offices today.

The packages have been found at Army Career offices in St Giles in Oxford, Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough and Queens Road in Brighton.

The contents of the packages are currently being assessed.

The MOD Bomb Disposal Units have been called, as in any suspect packages that are found.

A number of packages were also found yesterday at Army Careers offices in Aldershot, Reading and Chatham.

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