Glasgow bomb threat: what happened when emergency services raced to the east end of the city

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The discovery of a bomb threat in Glasgow today led to the evacuation of homes and businesses, road closures and travel “chaos” as Police Scotland continued to investigate the incident.

Officers rushed to Alexandra Park at 3:30pm Thursday afternoon after a suspicious item was found inside a premises on Milnbank Street.

A cordon was installed following the evacuation of local businesses and residents who evacuated under police escort.

Parts of the M8 were closed during rush hour due to the bomb threat, as train and bus services also suffered interruptions and delays.

What happened to the bomb threat in Glasgow?

The police came to the scene
The police came to the scene

A suspicious package was reported to Police Scotland on Thursday afternoon in a building on Milnbank Street in Alexandra Parade.

Officers rushed to the area at 3:30 p.m. and were later joined by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and fire services.

A Daily Record reporter on the scene heard police on the cordon telling locals that the ‘possibly explosive’ package is being examined.

Alexandra Palace residents and businesses evacuated

The building where the discovery had been made had been evacuated as well as the nearby premises around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
The building where the discovery had been made had been evacuated as well as the nearby premises around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Local residents in Dennistoun were escorted from their homes by police and around 30 evacuated residents gathered at Whitehill Secondary School in a makeshift emergency center set up by Glasgow City Council.

Council sources estimate that this number will increase as people continue to return to their homes tonight.

His Cordia arms-length corps staff were called in to provide support and food as residents anxiously waited.

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Police Scotland Statement of Issue

The image shows police and a fire engine gathered near Alexandra Parade at its junction with Armadale Street amid an ongoing suspicious parcel incident in Dennistoun, Glasgow on January 27, 2022. Credit: Kenny Davidson
Police and firefighters have been dispatched to the scene

Chief Inspector Scott Simpson said: “We were called at around 3.30pm on Thursday 27th January 2022 to receive a report of a suspicious package found inside a premises on Milnbank Street in Glasgow.

“Officers are present and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) has been contacted. The premises have been evacuated, a cordon has been put in place and the M8 between Junction 14 and Junction 15 has been closed.

“The motorway is likely to be closed for a period of time, so road users are advised to use alternate routes where possible.”

The M8 closed as public transport interrupted

The picture shows the police cordon on Alexandra Parade at its junction with Armadale Place amid an ongoing suspicious parcel incident in Dennistoun, Glasgow on January 27, 2022. Credit: Kenny Davidson
Alexandra Parade has been cordoned off to the east of Armadale Place

Parts of Scotland’s busiest motorway were closed during rush hour due to the bomb threat.

Both directions of the M8 from J15 and J12 were closed at around 5:00pm but reopened at around 6:15pm due to driver congestion.

After the reopening of the M8, Traffic Scotland asked motorists to “be patient and expect delays”.

Also, the cordoned off area at Alexandra Palace caused diversions to local buses and trains.

Police Scotland issues updated statement

In the most recent update from Police Scotland, they confirmed: “Following our previous post, we can confirm that the M8 motorway has now reopened.

“Officers are present along with EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) following the report of a suspicious package found inside a premises on Milnbank Street, Glasgow. A cordon will be maintained.”

“We would like to thank members of the public for their patience.”

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Police deny link between bomb threat and nearby incident

Officers were then seen raiding the Tesco at Forge Retail Park.

Videos on social media show officers yelling at shoppers to “move over” as a police helicopter is heard hovering over the scene.

Several police vehicles descended on the supermarket around 7 p.m.

Law enforcement sources say the incident at the retail park is a separate incident with no connection to the nearby Dennistoun bomb threat.

Alexandra Parade reopens

Alexandra Parade has been cordoned off at the foot of Milnbank Street
Alexandra Parade has been cordoned off at the foot of Milnbank Street

The cordon at Alexandra Parade has since been removed.

Some local residents have also been allowed to re-enter their homes.

Police Scotland have been contacted for further comment on the nature of both incidents.



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