Items found in a flat which police initially suspected could be homemade explosive devices turned out to be harmless "science fiction-style" equipment, officers said.A longbow....? Good grief!
About 100 homes had to be evacuated after police arrested a man and called bomb disposal officers following a siege at the property in Harlow, Essex.
Officers were called to the third floor flat early yesterday after reports that a man had been spotted with a longbow.
I think he’d just been trying out too much ’work experience’ on the PC...
Armed officers and negotiators arrived and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.I expect a search of anyone’s home would turn up such items. Still, can’t be too careful, eh? Why not evacuate the neighbourhood, because after all, you can. And better safe than sorry, eh?
A search of his home revealed a number of "unexplained" items, police said.
Last night, a spokesman for Essex Police said: "Bomb disposal officers attended and carried out an assessment.How very nice. Pity you felt that they 'had' to be evacuated in the first place. And note the lack of any apology or admission that the police might have a bit of egg on their face...
"No items of danger were found in the premises. Initial concerns were raised by the crude adaptions of many household items into science fiction style equipment." Residents were later allowed back to their homes.
So, a hugely expensive and time-consuming operation kicks in, inconveniencing a large number of people and tying up the emergency services, all because someone has been seen with a bow and arrow, and a house search has discovered a couple of curling tongs wrapped in silver foil to make them look like guns from ‘Blake’s Seven’...?
Is it just me, or are we becoming a nation of utter whining ninnies, fearful of our own shadows?