Homes are evacuated after ‘suspicious packages’ were found at pub in Bristol
Homes are evacuated after ‘suspicious packages’ are found at pub in Bristol as police declare ‘critical incident’
- Avon and Somerset police have ordered evacuations near a pub in Bedminster
- Police received reports of ‘suspicious packages’ at the pub on Sunday afternoon
- Officers have put a 165 foot cordon in place while searches are carried out
Homes have been evacuated after police received reports of ‘suspicious packages’ at a pub in Bristol this afternoon.
Avon and Somerset Police declared a ‘critical incident’ at The Three Lions pub on Sunday afternoon and issued an evacuation order for the pub and nearby residences.
Officers have put a 165-foot cordon in place as they conduct searches.
People are warned to avoid the area while police continue to investigate.
Police were called to The Three Lions pub (pictured in 2018) in Bedminster around 12.40pm on Sunday after reports of a ‘suspicious package’ being left at the property
Officers have put a 165-foot cordon in place while searches are carried out. Locals are warned to avoid the area while police continue to investigate
Police were called to The Three Lions pub in Bedminster around 12.40pm on Sunday following reports of ‘suspicious packages’ being left at the property.
‘As a precaution, people have been evacuated from the pub and some nearby properties,’ Avon and Somerset Police tweeted.
‘A major incident has been declared while searches are carried out.’
West Street has been closed in both directions and a police cordon remains in effect.
‘We’d like to reassure people we have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with such incidents,’ a police spokesperson wrote.
‘There are road closures in the surrounding area while emergency services are at the scene so would please ask motorists consider alternative routes.
‘A cordon remains in place as a precaution following the call made to police earlier this afternoon.’
Officials had initially declared the situation a ‘major incident’ but have since downgraded it to a ‘critical incident,’ which they say is a ‘lower threshold.’
Avon and Somerset police added: ‘We’re still advising people avoid the area while the precautionary cordon is in place.’