VIDEO: Footage from suspicious package incident in Leighton Buzzard

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A large crowd of people gathered in Leighton Buzzard’s high street this morning (Friday) as they waited for police to deal with a suspicious package.

The box was first discovered at around 8.10am outside Santander bank in Hockliffe Street – the scene of a dramatic ramraid on February 15.

The bomb squad leave the scene

The bomb squad leave the scene

The public was unable to get to their parked cars or to their place of work as a cordon cut off a large section of Leighton town centre.

As the crowd shivered in the cold, a loud explosion was heard at 10.37am as the bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on the suspicious parcel.

Police have now confirmed the package was never a threat and roads reopened at 11.08am.

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