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Suspect device found by railway in Canterbury

By Gemma Fox     Aug 26, 2011 in World
Canterbury - The city centre of Canterbury, Kent has been disrupted by several road closures following the discovery of a suspect device.
Kent Police have released a statement saying that they are dealing with two incidents within Canterbury city centre today.
The first incident occurred this afternoon when they received a call from a member of the public at 4.21 PM this afternoon reporting a suspicious package at the railway line on Old Dover Road. In response to that police are now on the scene with bomb disposal teams who are dealing with the incident and trains have been stopped. Homes near the railway bridge have been evacuated.
The second incident happened under an hour later at about 5.10 PM when staff at a Marks and Spencer store on St George's Street discovered a fire in the baby changing area on the second floor of the store. The fire is being treated as suspicious. The store was evacuated and the fire put out quickly.
Police said no one had been reported as injured at either incident and could not say at this time whether the incidents were connected or not.
UPDATE: Kent Police have confirmed in the last half hour that the device found at the side of the railway has been declared as an 'elaborate hoax'. The device is not explosive.
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