Canterbury alert: Police release CCTV after bomb hoaxes

CCTV of man police want to speak to
Image caption CCTV shows a man who police want to speak to in connection with the bomb hoaxes

Detectives investigating two bomb hoaxes that caused a major alert in Canterbury have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

Trains were halted and parts of the city cleared while police investigated the incidents on Friday.

Kent Police said a hoax device was found at the railway line in Old Dover Road and a second was found near a fire that started in Marks & Spencer.

The CCTV images show a man carrying a blue and black rucksack.

Kent Police said he was aged 35 to 40 years old and was wearing dark clothing that appeared to be cycling gear and a baseball cap.

'Patience and perseverance'

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Adams said the investigation was making "steady progress".

He said: "There were hundreds of people in Canterbury city centre on Friday afternoon and we are very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour."

Mr Adams thanked residents for their "patience and perseverance" in the face of the disruption.

Emergency services were first alerted to the scene in Old Dover Road at 16:21 BST on Friday.

About 50 minutes later, Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to Marks & Spencer, in St George's Street, where staff discovered a fire in the baby-changing area on the second floor.

About 100 officers were deployed at the height of the incident.

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