Suspicious package at Seaham pub: What we know until now when police evacuate the area

A street in downtown Durham has been evacuated by armed police following reports of a suspicious package.

Kirkegade i Seaham has been evacuated and cordoned off by police officers who arrived at the scene just before 9pm on Friday 19 November.

Police have confirmed that they were warned of reports of a “potentially suspicious package” at a pub in the city center at. 20.50 and remains on site.

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Firefighters and paramedics have also been called to the scene.

People are urged to avoid the area while the emergency services conduct investigations.

Police officers used barriers from a former Christmas candle lighting in the city to quickly set up a roadblock and close the street.

An eyewitness who was in The Hat and Feathers Wetherspoons pub said: “We were just enjoying the night when the light suddenly came on and there was a message telling everyone to leave the pub.

“We thought it was a joke. Then the bar staff left us all outside and we all stood outside, but the whole police arrived and asked us to clear the whole street.”

The man, who did not want to be named, added: “They used the barricades where the lights had been on and had started blocking the street with the barricades. Hell broke loose, there were police and ambulances everywhere.

“We were told that something suspicious had been found on the toilet.”

A series of police cars in Seaham
A series of police cars in Seaham

ONE Durham Constabulary A spokesman said: “Officers are currently investigating an incident in the Church Street area of ​​Seaham.

“Police received a report of a potentially suspicious package at a pub around 8.50pm tonight.

“The area has been evacuated for safety reasons and a barrier is in place while the emergency services conduct investigations.

“Please avoid the area while we handle the incident and we will update with further information as soon as possible.”

A bomb squad arrived at the scene just before 11.45pm to assess the package.

The North East Ambulance Service also confirmed that they had been called to the incident just after noon. 21 and remains in place.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance said: “We were called to a police incident in the Seaham area at 9.17pm.

“We currently have a number of resources in place.”

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