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Update: Leisure centre operators condemn ‘mindless individual’ behind ‘malicious hoax’ following bomb scare at Deben Pool in Woodbridge

18:29 11 August 2014

Police outside the Deben Pool, Woodbridge, after a bomb scare

Police outside the Deben Pool, Woodbridge, after a bomb scare

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The operators of a leisure centre in east Suffolk that was evacuated during a bomb scare have spoken out against the “mindless individual” behind the “malicious hoax”.

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The Deben Pool in Woodbridge, which is operated by Suffolk Coastal District Council, was closed for most of today after staff received a bomb threat in the post.

Suffolk police were alerted to the scare at about 10,15am, evacuated the pool as a precautionary measure and carried out a search with dog units, but found no trace of a device.

Councillor TJ Haworth-Culf, who is responsible for customers, communities and leisure at the council, has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

“The safety of our staff and the public is our utmost priority,” she added.

“The staff acted promptly and perfectly correctly in evacuating the building as a precautionary measure and informing the police, so a full search could be carried out.

“This would appear to be a malicious hoax, carried out by some mindless individual to inconvenience the regular users of the pool.

“We will of course continue to work with the police to assist their investigation and hopefully help them trace whoever is responsible.”

The leisure centre was reopened at about 4pm.

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3 comments

  • Ok Steve, so had there been a bomb and the public, which probably included children due to being the school holiday as you stated, were left to obliviously continue to enjoy their swim and a bomb went off, could I presume you would be saying something along the lines that the staff were absolutely right to keep the amenity open as the letter arrived in the post and not via a modern communication method?? To me it did seem unlikely there would be a bomb, but the staff were absolutely correct in the way they dealt with the situation.

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    It'sjustmyopinion

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • seriously Steve your a bit of an idiot, why shouldn't they treat it seriously. Its a serious offence. secondly why not via royal mail, its pretty much anonymous, email sms are all easily traceable. Dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.

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    bullets

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Get a grip in local government please! If someone writes a letter dispatched by the Royal Mail (come on now - in these days of instant SMS and emails) threatening a bomb attack then the management of these amenities need to undergo some serious training in business management and risk assessment. The cops love a scenario like this to justify their budgets but closing down an amenity in the middle of the school holidays shows just how pathetically fearful our society has become. As I said, it is time to get a grip and show some mettle.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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