A large area of Knaresborough was sealed off from 5pm until about 8.30pm last night. Children were kept in school and people were told to stay in their homes or businesses.
North Yorkshire Police had been told there was an “immediate threat to members of the public” at the Paragon Pizza takeaway in High Street. Armed police were posted at various points in the town and officers ordered four men out of a car in Briggate before searching it.
Well, you can’t be too careful, right?
Police have now confirmed the claims were a hoax and they have launched a hunt for those responsible.
Won’t have to look too far for the…
Oh, wait. You don’t mean responsible for the massive overreaction and inconvenience, do you?
Officers thanked Paragon staff for their cooperation …
Did they have any other option but to do so?
…and said the incident had caused the takeaway workers “considerable distress” .
No. You caused them ‘considerable distress’. Because rather than try to verify if this was a credible threat, you decided the best option was to go straight to Defcon 5 and blow all the missile silos:
Owner Razaul Karim said he was stopped in his car on the way to work at 6pm with colleagues, who were led away in handcuffs.
He said: “Whatever happened is really bad. I want to make sure they find out who gave them this information and why. I have done nothing wrong. I have no idea what their reasons were.”
Well, rather than focus on who made the initial call, why not ask why the police have to overreact and arrest all and sundry before they even begin to assess whether the threat is credible?
Paul Kennedy, Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a very alarming incident for members of the public …
Yes. Because you made it so.
… and we would like to thank the communities of Knaresborough for their patience and cooperation while the police dealt with it. This includes the businesses who were affected by the safety cordons and the premises at the centre of the hoax.
“We treat incidents of this nature with the utmost seriousness and can assure members of the public that a full investigation is now under way to establish who is responsible.”
We already know who is responsible – you are!
Local resident Ben Llewelyn, 25, who lives next door to Paragon takeaway in High Street, said: “I finished work at Argos at 6 o’clock and got a phone call from my mum saying I would not be able to get near my house. Police said there was no chance of getting there for a couple of hours and said to get somewhere warm.”
It took three and a half hours for the police to determine that there was no substance to this threat? They should do themselves for wasting police time!