18 August 2022

LIVE: Bomb scare at Salisbury Law Courts, Wilton Road

The incident at Salisbury Law Courts that caused the closure of Wilton Road earlier today (3rd August 2022) has been resolved.

Wiltshire Police say, “The cordon around Wilton Road will reopen shortly.

“Thank you for your patience.”

Wilton Road has been closed by police this morning (3rd August 2022) due to reports of a suspicious item at Salisbury Law Courts.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said, “We are currently responding to reports of a suspicious item at Salisbury Law Courts in Wilton Road, Salisbury.

“Specially trained personnel are at the scene and a cordon is in place. Please avoid the area.”

Sources close to the incident claim that there is a metal tin device attached to the Salisbury Law Court doors (pictured below).

Photograph by Wilton Road resident Andy Blyth

There are also reports of graffiti on the wall of the building reading “JUST IS NOT”.

Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes to avoid delays.

Roofer Liam Rossi who is working opposite the Salisbury Law Courts shared images with Love Salisbury of the specially trained bomb disposal personnel who are currently on the scene.

Photograph by Liam Rossi
Video by Liam Rossi

A local resident who lives roughly 30 yards from Salisbury Law Courts told Love Salisbury what he saw this morning.

Eye witness, Andy Blyth said, “I didn’t sleep all night I had insomnia so I thought I would go to McDonald’s at about 6am this morning. I walked down there to McDonald’s and about 6 feet up somebody has written ‘JUST IS NOT’ on the law courts.

“At the big double doors, I thought it looked like a bit of string that is about 5 foot up wedges in the doors and then it run down around the tin and I didn’t think anything of it.

“I came back around 6.30am and stopped and took a picture. I sat down and looked at the picture again and I could see it was an actual cable wire and I went to ring the police and I went for a second look and when I got out there the police had turned up.

“If you ask me it was definitely made to look like a bomb. Now it is total lockdown out there, if you go out of the cordon you can’t come back in. Every road off Wilton road, up to Asheville Road.”

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Featured image from Google Maps street view.

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty