Army bomb squad detectives have been scrambled to a freight depot in Kent this evening after a suspicious package was found on board a lorry.lorryExplosives experts rushed to the facility in Whitfield, Kent, after being alerted to the discovery at around 7pm. Police cordoned off a large area around Menzies Road in the town as bomb squad troopers try to establish whether or not the package is dangerous.

Witnesses at the scene reported seeing patrol cars with blue lights on screeching to the scene near the Kittiwake pub, and said the activity is focussed around a freight depot on the road.  Photographs at the scene showed a white lorry parked up at the facility surrounded by police cars. There were reports tonight of long tailbacks as officers turn motorists away from the area and urge them to seek a safer route.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “On Wednesday 28 September it was reported that a vehicle in Menzies Road, Whitfield, may contain a suspicious package. Officers attended the area and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from the Ministry of Defence were contacted.

“To ensure public safety, a cordon was established as a precaution. Following examination of the vehicle by an EOD team the item of concern was found to be non-suspicious.”