SZ0796 : Northbourne: the Bomb Squad arrive at Gillam Road

taken 3 months ago, near to Ensbury, Bournemouth, Great Britain

Northbourne: the Bomb Squad arrive at Gillam Road
Northbourne: the Bomb Squad arrive at Gillam Road
It is just before 6am and pouring with rain, and the residents of this block of flats, from one of whose balconies we are looking, have just been awoken by police knocking on their doors advising that the building (and immediate neighbours) are being evacuated. We were given 15 minutes or so to grab some belongings for an unknown length of time.

The council's emergency plans seemed to work well; we were transported by taxi (the first has pulled up and can be seen behind the Bomb Disposal Unit's white van) to SZ0794 : Ensbury Park: Bournemouth Learning Centre, where staff had already opened the building and prepared the cafeteria to serve refreshments. The head of the Borough's Housing Department was at the Learning Centre by 7am to chat to the evacuees, police officers took statements, breakfast was ordered in and refreshments continued to be served until 2pm when residents were advised that they could return to their homes. The flats' pets, three dogs and two cats, were accommodated too.

Meanwhile, the few events at the Learning Centre continued as normal; it was a quiet day, being in the school holidays.

The story behind the whole event was covered promptly by the local paper, the Daily Echo, here: LinkExternal link
My corner of Northbourne in different conditions
A selection of photos from my balcony, over the bungalows of Leybourne Avenue, in different weathers or with different features present.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  People, Events 
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Road 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 0767 9608 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:45.8556N 1:53.5568W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 0768 9605
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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