Lincoln City Hall bomb scare over as police confirm bag ‘not suspicious’

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Cordons have been lifted in the centre of Lincoln following a bomb scare at City Hall.

Police have confirmed a bag left in the building had no suspicious contents.

As reported previously, police and Explosive Ordinance Disposal were called to what they described as a ‘suspicious package’, which had been left in the customer services area of City Hall at 2.20pm on Monday, November 28.

A number of roads around the building were closed off by officers. Staff and members of the public were evacuated from the building.

At around 4.30pm, the EOD carried out a controlled explosion of the bag (described by one eyewitness as a backpack).

Lincolnshire Police confirmed at around 5pm that nothing suspicious was found in the contents of the bag.

Traffic in Lincoln as heavy following the road closures. Photo: Google

Traffic in Lincoln as heavy following the road closures. Photo: Google

Cordons were lifted by around 5.10pm, however motorists travelling through Lincoln during the rush our period experienced significant delays as traffic surrounding the closures clears.

Lincoln resident James Fuller was in the waiting room when the bag was discovered. He told The Lincolnite: “There were about six or seven of us in the waiting room when a worker spotted the backpack.

“Two security guards asked who it belonged to and no one spoke up. After about six or seven minutes they asked us to go outside. I think the staff did a good job and everything was handled calmly.”