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Town Hall Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Monday March 19 2012


Barnsley Town Hall Barnsley Town Hall


BARNSLEY town hall was evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat.

The incident occurred on Monday morning at 8am and staff evacuated the town hall after seeking police advice.

Police officers closed the area around the town hall while carrying out investigations but staff were allowed back in the building shortly after.

A police spokesman said: "Barnsley Town Hall, currently under renovation, was evacuated just before 8am today after a reported bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax.

"Twenty-five workmen were asked to leave the premises while police and the site foreman checked the area. The closure lasted around two hours and caused minimal disruption."

Police are now investigating.

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Reply Posted by guest on Monday March 19 2012 at 12:12
You are not supposed to routinely evacuate  when a bomb threat is received. The easiest way to hurt a lot of people is to target  the area where they gather when the building is evacuated. Everyone should stay inside & search the areas where they work as they are the best placed to spot anything unusual.

Reply Posted by guest on Monday March 19 2012 at 12:12
You are not supposed to routinely evacuate  when a bomb threat is received. The easiest way to hurt a lot of people is to target  the area where they gather when the building is evacuated. Everyone should stay inside & search the areas where they work as they are the best placed to spot anything unusual.

Reply Posted by John Evans on Monday March 19 2012 at 14:22
@2926ebd98820e6bb668ee49362af6cdd:disqus , Although what you say is true & I am guessing that you have had training in this  subject; I think that such practices will not be part of life until search drills are implemented and Civilians in general are taught not to dismiss it or panic but to carry out a methodical search of their work areas based on training drills previously carried out.

Let's hope that this is something that happens in the future and aids the country as a whole in becoming more security conscious.

It is also important for employers to take this message on board and integrate some security drills as they do with fire drills.

@guest: I very good point you have brought up and will hopefully raise awareness in Barnsley.
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