Bomb squad in Market Drayton: Package outside Muller was 'broken vape' say police

Bomb disposal experts were called to Market Drayton overnight after a suspicious package was discovered at the Muller factory site.

The Muller factory in Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton
The Muller factory in Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton

It was discovered to contain a broken electronic smoking/vaping device and police called to the scene on Wednesday night said it posed no risk to the public or its officers.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said; "Officers responded to a genuine concern for safety after a suspicious package was discovered at the Muller site in Market Drayton, Shropshire, yesterday evening just after 8pm.

"As you can understand, we had to take every suitable precaution whilst bomb disposal experts from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene.

"The package was discovered to contain a broken electronic smoking device (vape), and possessed no risk to the public or our officers."

The spokesperson added: "We would like to thank the public for their patience whilst the road was closed, allowing us to deal with the situation quickly."

Shortly before 10.15pm on Wednesday officers imposed a 100m cordon on the A53 from the Muller Roundabout to the Tern Hill Roundabout, and the nearby McDonald's was closed.

A spokesperson for Müller Yogurt & Desserts said the site in Shrewsbury Road was fully operational.

The statement read: “We can confirm that West Mercia Police attended our site in Market Drayton last night to respond to a potential security alert.

"Following advice from the police, the site is once again fully operational.”

Police reopened the roads at around 2.30am on Thursday, and thanked people for their patience.

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