NOSTALGIA - Prison bomb scare brought city to halt

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5 Years ago - A BOMB scare at Wakefield Prison brought the city centre to a standstill.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the prison on Love Lane after a suspicious package was found at 8.16am.

Dozens of police were deployed to the city centre and streets were cordoned off after the discovery of the package in a prison outbuilding.

Staff at businesses on Westgate and 15 homes on Marlborough Street were evacuated, but trains continued to run from Westgate station, as the incident developed.

Explosives professionals from the army’s Catterick garrison arrived by escort in a bomb disposal van at about 10.50am.

Their investigations revealed the package was innocent and the incident was over by 11.30am.

Prison governor Dave Thompson said: “The prison was made safe and prisoners were placed back on normal location while investigations were carried out

“There were no injuries to staff or prisoners and the atmosphere in the prison was very good, both staff and prisoners were very co-operative throughout.”

Gareth Creighton, landlord at Henry Boon’ s pub, which is about 100 metres from the prison entrance, said: “There have been scares before, the last one about two years ago, but we’ve never seen any police response on this scale.”