Man charged following bomb scare at Patchway Police Centre

Patchway Police Centre, Gloucester Road, Patchway, Bristol.
Patchway Police Centre, Gloucester Road, Patchway, Bristol.

A 43-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident which led to the evacuation of Patchway Police Centre and nearby properties on Saturday (5th August 2023).

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit were called to the police centre on the A38 Gloucester Road to examine a suspicious item shortly after 5pm.

While the EOD examined the package – and to keep local residents and businesses safe – a 100 metre cordon was put in place around the police station and local residents and businesses within it were evacuated as a precaution.

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The road closure caused significant delays in the area with drivers trying to leave The Mall at Cribbs Causeway being sent back along Hayes Way.

The EOD ultimately concluded the item did not present a risk to the public and the A38 was reopened at around 8.40pm.

Jason Lenton, of Southmead, Bristol, was subsequently charged during the early hours of this morning (Monday 7th August) with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and making a bomb hoax.

He remains in police custody pending an appearance at Bristol Magistrates’ Court later today.


A police spokesperson said:

“We’d once again like to thank the public who were affected by the cordon for their patience and understanding while the EOD attended.”

Related link: Location of Patchway Police Centre (Google Maps)