Specialized RCMP Explosive Disposal unit called in for item at hospital

West Shore

2021-05-04 16:22 PDT

File # 2021-8000

Earlier today, a suspicious package was located at Victoria General Hospital, prompting a call to the West Shore RCMP.

Shortly before 10:00 am on May 4th, 2021, staff at the Victoria General Hospital observed a box in the bushes near the south doors of the hospital. The box had wires coming out of it and no one was nearby.

The West Shore RCMP front line officers and Police Dog Services team arrived at the hospital immediately. They secured and cordoned off the area. Patient care was not suspended at any time, and foot traffic was redirected to the north entrance of the hospital.

The RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit from Vancouver attended, dismantling the package on site. They determined it was not an explosive. A secondary search of the hospital itself and grounds revealed no other suspicious items.

"Thank you to all those who stayed away from the area during this investigation", said Superintendent Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of the West Shore RCMP, "This gave our front line and specialized officers the space they needed to work unobstructed, ensuring a quick resolution."

This investigation into the source of the package is ongoing. If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact the West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264 or our local Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
 

Released by

Cst. Meighan Massey

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
https://westshore.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: (250) 474-2264
Fax: (250) 474-8970

Email: westshore_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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