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This morning at 8:30am Kent Police received a ‘tip off’ that a bomb has been placed on Canterbury High Street. After speaking with the Kent Police spokesperson, I can confirm that they have sent out a bomb disposal team as well as cornering of the high street including the Cathedral Gates.  

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At 8:30am Kent Police received a ‘tip off’ that a bomb had been put in the precinct of Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral has now be cordoned off and evacuated along with the King’s school.

The bomb disposal squad arrived at 9:20am.

Along Palace Street a wooden gate has been battered down, on the other side of the gate armed police guard the Cathedral. I was able to speak to an officer he told me that their main focus is “on finding out if this is a hoax or genuine threat”, also told me that their main priority at the moment is “keeping the public safe”.

I was also able to speak to a witness: “I can’t believe it. I’m in a bit of a panic. Nothing like this ever happens in Canterbury.” She continued by saying “If it weren’t for the Police being tipped off I’d have just gone in without knowing” Anne Cooper, 24 from Whistable.

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At 8:30am Kent Police received a ‘tip off’ that a bomb had been put in the precinct of Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral has now be cordoned off and evacuated along with the King’s school. An hour later at 9:20am a bomb disposal team arrived to access the situation. At 11am the team confirmed that a bomb was placed in the Cathedral grounds.

Chief Constable Brian Butterfield told us that “the situation (is) completely under control” and that an area of the high street has been cordoned off so that the bomb can be safely disarmed, or if necessary “a controlled detonation can remotely take place”.

Chief Butterfield was also able to confirm that they are still unaware of who the anonymous tip could have been. Along with the fact that Kent Police are going to launch a full investigation as well as the Metropolitan Police.

I was also able to speak to a witness: “I can’t believe it. I’m in a bit of a panic. Nothing like this ever happens in Canterbury.” She continued by saying “If it weren’t for the Police being tipped off I’d have just gone in without knowing” Anne Cooper, 24 from Whistable.

Twitter has also been talking about the event in Canterbury, with

One Twitter user described this morning  as “terrifying” and that he’d “Never seen anything like this in this city”. Malcolm Bettany.

A statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was also posted on twitter saying: “Deeply Saddened by events today in Canterbury.” He continued to say that they are “praying for a peaceful resolution”.

Also King’s School released a statement confirming that all students were safe and “have been registered” and that they will remain safe in other areas of the school premises until further notice.

 

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