One person dies outside hospital in explosion as counter terrorism investigate
One person has died after a car exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital with counter terrorism police taking over the investigation. Another person who has been taken to hospital with serious injuries is not believed to be in a life threatening condition. In a press briefing, police urged the public to remain calm but vigilant after confirming there had been one fatality.
Detectives said in an update this afternoon they are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the incident. It has not been declared a terrorist incident at this stage but out of caution counter terrorism police will be leading the investigation. The car involved in the explosion is believed to be a taxi.
The scene of a major police incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital this afternoon (Liverpool Echo)
The incident happened at about 11am this morning.
Armed police were earlier spotted outside the city’s Women’s Hospital along with a bomb disposal truck. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a ‘bang’ and seeing dark smoke from the area. Anyone trying to enter the car park was being turned away, the Liverpool Echo reported.
A number of surrounding roads have also been closed.
Police at the scene of a major incident (Liverpool Echo)
Merseyside Police’s chief constable Serena Kennedy gave a statement outside the hospital today and said: “We can confirm that at 10.59am today (Sunday, 14 November) police were called to reports of a car explosion at the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool city centre. “Police immediately attended, along with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Regional Ambulance Service. “Unfortunately, we can confirm that one person has died and another has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, which thankfully are not life threatening.
Merseyside Police said a cordon has been placed around the area and inquiries are ongoing (PA)
“So far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred.
“Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything. “We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion but given how it has happened, out of caution, Counter Terrorism Police are leading the investigation supported by Merseyside Police.
The incident happened at around 11am on Sunday (PA)
“The emergency services have well-rehearsed plans for dealing with major incidents. Our response is ongoing at the hospital and will be for some time.
Cordons are in place, and there are some road closures.” The statement continued: “We have triggered our information channels – to inform the local community and businesses about what information we do have and can provide. “We would urge the public to remain calm (but vigilant).
To keep updated on what is happening, keep watching the news and checking the Merseyside Police website. “If you have not done so already, sign up to the Merseyside Police Twitter feed @merseypolice “We would like to thank the public for their patience and their cooperation today which has already greatly assisted our policing response.
“We will issue updates as soon as we have more information.
“This has not been declared a terrorist incident at this stage although out of caution Counter Terrorism detectives are leading as we try to understand the circumstances behind the explosion.”
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