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‘How our pharmacy coped when caught up in a controlled bomb explosion’

‘How our pharmacy coped when caught up in a controlled bomb explosion’

Townfield Pharmacy in Birkenhead, Merseyside, was quiet when its staff heard about a suspicious package.

At around 2.30pm on Wednesday, February 13, they were informed by the manager of the health centre they shared the building with about an unidentified brown, taped-up parcel. 

The manager said a member of the public had picked it up and felt “a load of bolts” beneath the tape, so had put it down, pharmacy owner Mark Bartley recalls.

The pharmacist, Mr Bartley’s wife Alexandra, says the package was found at what used to be an old nurse's station, in a walkway between the pharmacy and the health centre – luckily, not an area that is used anymore.

The package was “lying on its side on the floor”, and was “about the size of

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