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Station bomb scare

PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 August 2010

COMMUTERS travel to work was interrupted after a town centre train station was evacuated following a bomb scare. The area around Gravesend train station was closed off and the station evacuated by police at about 9am on Monday following the discovery of

COMMUTERS' travel to work was interrupted after a town centre train station was evacuated following a bomb scare.

The area around Gravesend train station was closed off and the station evacuated by police at about 9am on Monday following the discovery of a suspect package attached to a bicycle.

An hour later the station was re-opened after the package was checked by experts and found to be safe. Social worker Marvalin Crawford, of The Fairway, Gravesend, was on her way to work in London. She said: "I have been turned away because of the bomb scare. I couldn't get a ticket because nobody was selling them. All the staff were evacuated. I'm a bit concerned that they evacuated the station. The police told us to turn our mobile phones off so I couldn't call work to tell them I couldn't come in."

British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to the scene and dealt with the package.

A spokesman said: "BTP officers were called to Gravesend rail station today after receiving a report of a suspect package attached to a bicycle.

"BTP officers searched the item and it was cleared as non-suspicious, with no cause for alarm.

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