Suspicious packages found at army career offices

Bomb disposal units called as counter-terrorism police investigate six reports of packages in southern England

Counter-terrorism police are investigating reports of suspicious packages being found at army careers offices.

Packages were found at Oxford, Slough and Brighton on Thursday, while similar packages were found on Wednesday in Aldershot, Reading and Chatham, the south-east counter-terrorism unit said.

Ministry of Defence bomb disposal units had been called, although this is routine with any suspect package.

Detective Superintendent Stan Gilmour, of unit, said: “Because suspicious packages were found at various locations yesterday, notes were sent out to all the army careers offices, as well as the Post Office, asking staff to be extra vigilant and look out for any suspect packages.”

An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are aware of security incidents ongoing in Oxford, Slough and Brighton involving armed forces careers offices.

“The relevant police authorities are investigating with military EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) teams in support … Security advice has been reiterated to our personnel.”

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