Investigations into Salisbury 'suspect package' ongoing

Blue Boar Row Bomb Scare 4 (Ellie Harries)

5:38am 19th January 2018
(Updated 12:35pm 19th January 2018)

Investigations are ongoing into how and why a 'suspicious package' found at Salisbury's main post office was being sent.

The item was discovered at the store on the corner of Winchester Street yesterday afternoon (Thursday January 18th) just before 2.45pm.

A police cordon, set up for the public's safety while the package was checked out, meant that local shops and offices had to be evacuated.

The area affected included Blue Boar Row and the Market Square.

That exclusion zone remained in place until around 7.00pm.

Police have defended the large cordon that was put in place, saying it was only right to respond to it as a very serious matter, in the light of the national security threat level.


Once it had been declared 'no longer a threat', the package was seized by police.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had been on the scene throughout to help with making sure the package was safe.

Police have confirmed that the package was NOT an explosive device.

It is still being treated as suspicious though, so a full investigation will now take place.

Police will be looking into why the package was being sent, who sent it, and why it was being sent to a particular address.

We're told that officers know who sent the package, and they're trying to find out the circumstances.

They've also confirmed that once that investigation completed, there may not have been criminal offences committed.

Police incident - suspected bomb scare Salisbury - Jan 2018 (Ellie Harries)

Salisbury's Inspector Pete Sparrow said:

"It is important that incidents of this nature are treated as a credible threat - the public's safety must always remain our priority. I'd like to thank the public for their cooperation during this incident.

"It's really important during incidents of this nature that the public are following our official social media channels - this has played a vital part in today's incident in getting important messages out to the public."

You can read more about the incident in Salisbury city centre while police investigated a 'suspect package' on our news page at

Police incident - suspected bomb threat Blue Boar Row Salisbury - Bomb disposal (Ellie Harries)


Police have also thanked a few local companies in particular for their support during the incident.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said:

"I'd also like to extend a thank you to all local businesses, especially Bills restaurant and the Cathedral Hotel who have assisted greatly, as well as the Salisbury Reds bus company who assisted in moving people out of the area."

The restaurants offered a place of warmth for people affected by the exclusion zone, and for police to base themselves while the cordon was in place.

Our local bus company quickly diverted their routes to avoid the area affected, getting members of the public away from the scene.

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