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Lockdown at Torbay Hospital

Torbay Hospital was in lockdown tonight over what police describe as a threat being made. Credit: ITV West Country

Torbay hospital was in lockdown earlier this evening, Tuesday 22 March, following a police incident.

Armed police came onto the site on Lowes Bridge at around 6 o'clock. A hospital spokesperson told ITV News that it was as a precaution in response to a threat being made against the hospital.

At one point no one was allowed in or out of the building and later only three entrances - the main entrance, the entrance to A & E and one other - were in operation.

The alert was stood down at 8.45 pm and the hospital is operating as normal.

Police have issued this statement:

Police received a call from a member of the public at 5.40pm on Thursday (22 March) reporting that a man had made a threat towards Torbay Hospital.

The threat was treated seriously and armed response officers were deployed to the hospital to search for the man, described as in his 50s, around 6ft tall and with grey hair.

Torbay Hospital closed its doors to protect staff and the public for a short time while the threat was negated.

Devon and Cornwall Police would like to reassure the community that the incident has been dealt with and local officers are investigating the allegation.

– Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson

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