Police follow up Canterbury bomb hoaxes leads

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

Several new leads are being followed up by detectives investigating two bomb hoaxes that caused a major alert in Canterbury last Friday.

Det Ch Insp Tom Richards said they had received "a number of useful calls" from members of the public in response to CCTV images of a man being sought.

A hoax device was found at the railway line in Old Dover Road and another near a fire that started in Marks & Spencer.

On Friday, officers will revisit the scenes of the hoaxes with the images.

Mr Richards said: "By being at the scene exactly a week later we hope to talk to people who were out and about in Canterbury at the time of the hoax bombs and may have seen the offender at work."

Whether the man was working alone or with others or whether he travelled into Canterbury by bicycle, foot or by car were all important lines of inquiry, he added.

Cycling gear

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.

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

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

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, along with colleagues from British Transport Police (BTP) and Army bomb disposal experts.

The city centre was given the all clear just before 03:00 BST.

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