Scarborough bomb was a buggy with batteries

The scene of the bomb scare
The scene of the bomb scare

The ‘bomb’ that shut down the town centre for most of Friday was a buggy filled with batteries and an old speaker, police have revealed.

Chief Inspector Mark Grange, the Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Commander, said: “I want to thank the people of Scarborough, business owners and those visitors who were affected during the emergency incident on Westborough today.

The 'bomb'

The 'bomb'

“The police and our emergency service colleagues had to respond to a report at 8.52am of a suspicious item that was left near to the Miss Selfridge store.

“As a necessary precaution to ensure the public’s safety, we had to put in place a 100m cordon which meant that people had to be evacuated to a safe distance.

“The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called in to assess the item and they determined that it posed no danger. The item was a discarded child’s buggy with a set of old speakers and batteries inside.

“The area was returned to normality by 1.15pm.

“The safety of the public is always our number one priority and we had to follow the well-rehearsed emergency response procedure to reduce the potential risk of harm.”