Bomb squad swoop on Covid vaccine factory over ‘ongoing incident’

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A coronavirus vaccine factory has been partially evacuated as bomb disposal unit’s swoop in on the Wockhardt Oxford/AstraZeneca manufacturing plant.

North Wales Police confirmed the Explosive Ordinance Disposal is on scene at Wrexham Industrial Estate and that officers are dealing an “ongoing incident” at the Wockhardt Covid vaccine factory.

The factory has reportedly been partially evacuated and all operation halted while authorities work to investigate.

An eyewitness told the publication the Royal Logistic Corps are also in the area and the site around Ash Road North has been closed off.

Pictures from the scene show a large police presence in the area and several officers inside the gates of the Oxford/AstraZeneca factory as onlookers stand outside.

In a statement, a supply partner for AstraZeneca, told Sky News Wockhardt received a "suspicious package" to the site this morning.

All relevant authorities were then "immediately notified and engaged," the company said, with the site "partially evacuated" pending a full investigation.

It said: "Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package to site.

"All relevant authorities were immediately notified and engaged.

"Upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation. The safety of our employees and business continuity remain of paramount importance."

The factory serves a vital "fill and finish" role for the coronavirus vaccine, bottling vials ready for distribution across the country.

It is considered an important and sensitive site within the UK's vaccination programme.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the site last November and said the site could provide "salvation for humanity" after it announced it would be taking part in the national effort.

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In a statement, North Wales Police said: "We are currently dealing with an ongoing incident on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

"The roads are currently closed and we would ask the public to avoid the area until further notice."

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