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Edinburgh Bomb Threat

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Part of Princes St, where our sister shop is, has been evacuated and closed off. I'm not happy.
7th Jul 2005, 18:00  

Helen says:

Take care. Do.

7th Jul 2005, 18:02

daz says:

I second that.

7th Jul 2005, 18:27

neel says:

Well, it's almost certainly nothing 'real' and not attached to this morning's tragic events. More likely it's some anti-globalisation/capitalism/G8 idiots causing trouble.

Still, very disconcerting to have these things brought so close. I'm angry, and sad, and angry. Home now, though, after a wide detour around that part of the city.

7th Jul 2005, 18:38

Helen says:

From the BBC News site:

"Bomb scare closes Princes Street

Part of Princes Street in Edinburgh has been closed following reports of a suspect package on a bus.

Lothian and Borders Police received the call at about 1730 BST.

An area between the Mound and Charlotte Square has been cordoned off and all surrounding properties have been evacuated.

The package is on board a Lothian Transport bus. A police spokesman said a bomb disposal team is at the scene to assess the situation."

We'll probably see a few more scares like this.

It is very frustrating. And so pointless.

7th Jul 2005, 18:40

neel says:

Aw crap. No news stories about this on the radio coming home from work, so I didn't think it could be that serious. At least it sounds like they know where it is.

Really angry.

7th Jul 2005, 18:48

Helen says:

It could just be a lost bag...

People are bound to be on the look out.

7th Jul 2005, 18:54

Helen says:

Anyway, a link, as they're still updating the news story.

7th Jul 2005, 19:03

neel says:

I'm checking it, but no update since 18:54. I just ran through to the TV when I heard it mention an "explosion in Edinburgh", but that was my ears going wrong - still no word except that a bomb disposal team is going in.

7th Jul 2005, 19:15

spoon_lamp says:

So much for my comment to a work mate earlier to the effect that no-one would want to bomb Edinburgh as its too pretty...hopefully folks is just getting jumpy...

7th Jul 2005, 19:21

neel says:

Two controlled explosions! That news page has been updated with pretty much just that info.

7th Jul 2005, 19:43

Helen says:

I wonder how long it'll take to determine what was in the packages.

Ugh.

7th Jul 2005, 19:45

bronxelf says:

Please be careful. neel. I expect there's going to be scares everywhere for the next few days.

7th Jul 2005, 19:52

Helen says:

There's still talk that the bus bomb involved suicide bombers.

7th Jul 2005, 19:53

neel says:

Thanks, elf. I'd imagine the forensic boys wouldn't have anything concrete for a while, but they might be able to tell us whether the 'package' was a bomb or a bag reasonably early, just from the explosion.

I'm not amused.

7th Jul 2005, 19:55

bronxelf says:

I dont blame you. I'm not either and Im 3000 miles away.

This is all too reminiscent of 3 years ago.

7th Jul 2005, 20:11

Helen says:

There's nothing even vaguely amusing in any of this.

7th Jul 2005, 20:36

Helen says:

Thankfully:

"Two controlled explosions were carried out on the bus and one on the package found on the street. Neither contained explosives. The area has been reopened.

A police spokesman said they treated the incidents seriously in light of the events in London this morning. "

"In a separate incident bomb disposal officers were called to a McDonald's restaurant in Kirkcaldy to investigate a suspicious package.

Police cordoned off the area and evacuated adjoining properties. The item was then removed and identified as a discarded ladies handbag. "

7th Jul 2005, 23:02