Search

Whittington Hospital becomes crime scene after “bomb hoax”

19:11 14 August 2012

Ambulances queue at the bottom of Highgate Hill. Picture: @fairtradesleuth

Ambulances queue at the bottom of Highgate Hill. Picture: @fairtradesleuth

Archant

Police are believed to be investigating a “bomb hoax” at the Whittington Hospital after 200 patients and staff had to be evacuated.

The Met’s bomb squad was called to the hospital near Highgate at around 4pm on Tuesday (August 14) when a suspect package was spotted in the A&E department. Patients in the emergency and neighbouring wards had to be relocated as officers moved in.

A police spokeswoman said the package was “checked and cleared” by 6pm.

Police are now treating the area as a crime scene and interviewing doctors, nurses and patients, it is claimed.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “The bomb disposal unit was informed and attended the scene. Following their investigation it was confirmed that the device was a hoax.

“The emergency department is now being treated as a crime scene.”

A police spokeswoman refused to identify what the package was and would not confirm whether the incident had been a hoax. She said “enquiries were ongoing”.

Andy McGlinchley, 33, who works in the pathology department, said: “We heard a rumour that something was going on and we looked out of the window and saw police everywhere.

“Pretty soon the security came up and evacuated us – we were one of the last because we work on the fifth floor.”

Eyewitness Mario Kurt said: “There was a helicopter hovering overhead and police are everywhere. We heard there was a suspicious package that has been found.”

The hospital was expected to reopen before 7pm.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 17:41

A Barnsbury woman who made bullets in munitions factories during the war celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday.

Yesterday, 14:29

Trailblazing students from Islington descended on the Emirates Stadium to get grips with the latest in computer science.

Yesterday, 14:16

Roman Way Industrial Estate is one place where ‘dry January’ is not welcome – it’s home to Islington’s only brewery. Hammerton has only been going for three years, but the Gazette finds it already has international reach.

Yesterday, 09:48

Islington Council has made yet another data gaffe – by leaking personal information of 559 ex-employees to its own former leader.

Hackney’s top police chief has praised his officers for their bravery after they had a gun pointed at them last night in Manor House.

Tue, 15:30

Homeless people who had set up bedrooms under the Finsbury Park bridge in Stroud Green Road have been moved on by Islington Council.

Tue, 14:12

A very different kind of matchday programme is doing the rounds at Emirates Stadium games this season. The Arsenal History Programme focuses on forgotten facts, and the Gazette speaks to its mastermind, Paul Matz.

Tue, 10:19

Every week, we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Islington. This week, we found a takeaway focusing on “clean eating”.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now