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AstraZeneca bomb threat: workers forced to evacuate factory

A bomb disposal unit is responding to an "ongoing incident" on Wrexham Industrial Estate. The factory which produces the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shut.

A bomb disposal unit is responding to an “ongoing incident” on Wrexham Industrial Estate. The Wockhardt vaccine factory which produces the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is believed to be shut.

AstraZeneca factory bomb threat

The plant is responsible for the “fill finish” of theAstraZeneca Covid vaccine and has a range of production lines at the industrial estate.

North Wales Police and the Royal Logistic Corps are on the scene. A police cordon has been put in place in surrounding areas and the public has been asked to stay away.

Ash Road has also been closed in both directions between Bryn Lane and Abbey Road.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with an ongoing incident on the Wrexham Industrial Estate. The roads are currently closed and we would ask the public to avoid the area until further notice.”

In a statement Wockhardt UK said: “”Wockhardt UK in Wrexham this morning received a suspicious package to site. All relevant authorities were immediately notified and engaged. Upon expert advice we have partially evacuated the site pending a full investigation. The safety of our employees and business continuity remain of paramount importance.”

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