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Police renew Canterbury bomb-hoax plea one week on

Broad Street, Canterbury
Image caption An area of Broad Street was sealed off for three hours after the device was found

Police are renewing their appeal for help from the public a week after a hoax package again brought chaos to the centre of Canterbury.

They are sifting through information already received, including CCTV footage of the Broad Street area at the time and forensic tests on the package.

Officers are hoping for fresh leads from people who may unwittingly have witnessed something that helps them.

Homes and a school were evacuated while bomb experts examined the device.

Det Insp Michelle Whitehead, who is leading the investigation, said: "I want to thank the public for all their help and information so far, but I am still very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Broad Street area in the week prior to the 14 September when the package was discovered.

"However insignificant you may think the information is, it may be useful to us, so please do contact us if you think you can help."

The incident, at about 13.15 BST on 14 September, was triggered when an off-duty police officer spotted a suspect package protruding from an alcove in Broad Street.

It was the second security alert in the city in three weeks.

On 26 August, trains were halted and parts of the city cleared after a hoax device was found at the railway line in Old Dover Road, and another near a fire which broke out in Marks & Spencer.

Police are not linking the August and September incidents.

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