Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Security scare in England as bomb notes found on train

The discovery of bomb-making notes on a train sparked a bank holiday security alert.

Armed police were called in to search two trains at Luton station last night after cleaners found documents describing "how to make a bomb", Bedfordshire Police said.

The notes were found at 8.23pm while one of the trains was at Bedford Station, and it left for Luton with around 50 passengers before the staff could raise the alarm.

Police cleared the passengers off at Luton, searching that train and another one which had also arrived from Bedford.

Both trains were delayed for nearly an hour before the all-clear was given, when the trains and their passengers were allowed to continue.

A force spokesman said: "We can only apologise for the inconvenience that was caused...but in light of the information contained in the notes found it was felt necessary to take this course of action.

"A thorough search of the carriages was necessary not only to capture any additional evidence that maybe present but also to ensure passenger safety.

"Once we were satisfied that their safety could be guaranteed, we were happy for passengers to continue on their way."

Inquiries into the notes were continuing, the spokesman added.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz