Police probe suspect package, fire in Britain's Canterbury

27th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The centre of the British city of Canterbury was partly evacuated and army bomb disposal experts were called in Friday as police investigated a suspect package and a fire in a shop.

Trains were stopped in the historic city in southern England and roads closed after a member of the public discovered the package in a road near the railway.

Police were called to a second incident at a branch of food and clothes retailer Marks and Spencers where a small fire had been discovered, although they said it was unclear whether the two incidents were linked.

It was not clear what caused the blaze, which was discovered at 5:10 pm (1610 GMT) in the baby changing area on the shop's second floor, and quickly extinguished.

The BBC and Sky News television both reported the incidents were thought to be linked, although police said they could not formally connect them.

"Police and our partners are dealing with a serious incident which I appreciate is causing some disruption to local residents," said Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben.

"At the moment we cannot formally connect the two incidents."

No injuries were reported at either incident.

© 2011 AFP

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