THE hunt is on for a bomb hoaxer who brought a community to a standstill.
Patients from a health centre had to be evacuated on to the streets after a bomb threat at a Farmfoods store caused major disruption.
Police rushed to the scene just after 9.35am and sealed off streets from George-A-Green Road down to the junctions of Esther and Potter Avenues in Lupset.
Dave Stapleton, the general manager of Lupset Health Centre on George-A-Green Court, said the police went to the centre’s reception and said: “There’s an incident at Farmfoods. Can we ask you to evacuate the building immediately?”
Patients were asked to retreat to a safe distance and took refuge in a nearby betting shop and Sunbeam Children’s Centre on Lupset Crescent.
The incident also forced the practice to relocate to King Street Medical Centre in Wakefield city centre, so they could attend to any patients needing urgent treatment.
Lesley Hird, the landlady of the Duke of Wellington pub, which is next door to the store, said: “We understand a note was sent to Farmfoods saying, ‘There is a bomb in the Farmfoods building’.”
The 49-year-old mum-of-two said her family were evacuated from the pub on Horbury Road.
Her son Chris Parnham, said the security alert had caused chaos.
The 27-year-old added: “Lupset is like a rat-run. They blocked the main roads and cars found it tough to try and find their way through.”
He said the incident reminded him of the bomb hoax last October when large parts of the city centre were evacuated and clsoed down after a call about a suspect package being found in the Market Food Hall.
The landlady’s son added: “It’s only a matter of time before one of them is real. The bomb threat in the bus station was only a couple of minutes away and literally further up the same road.”
No one at Farm Foods was available for comment.
Police confirmed they were called to a report of a suspicious package at 9.35am.
Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on -0800 555 111.