Emergency services responded to a “suspicious package” incident on Thursday 10 March 2022 at Southmead Hospital A&E Unit in Bristol.

At around midday, a man attended A&E with several bags and told staff one of them contained a bomb. Staff responded quickly by summoning assistance.

The man was detained by hospital security prior to Police arrival. The A&E unit and the neighbouring MIU was evacuated whilst specialist bomb squad officers investigated. The bags were searched and no device was found.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing a bomb hoax – an offence almost as serious as having a bomb itself, given the effects on the hospital. Visitors were advised to stay away from the hospital and outpatient appointments were cancelled for the rest of the day. There were no injuries and a temporary A&E unit was set up at a nearby Leisure Centre.

With the introduction of Martyn’s Law – The Protect Duty, it is more important than ever that your organisation is adequately prepared for any potential attack.

How to Protect Your Organisation

  • Ensure your staff view this public information film from the
    Centre for Protecting National Infrastructure (CPNI)
  • Contact one of our  TIAA Local Security Management Specialists if you
    need a focused site security review.

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