Kent

Maidstone bomb hoax: Image of man released

CCTV image of man police want to speak to
Image caption Police wish to speak to the man pictured in this CCTV image

Police investigating a bomb hoax at a Kent supermarket have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

On 10 December a phone call was made to Morrisons, in Sutton Road, Maidstone, reporting that a bomb had been left at the store.

The supermarket was evacuated and a controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious package.

A 47-year-old man was arrested in connection with the hoax and was bailed until 25 January.

Det Insp Lee Whitehead, from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: "This hoax caused a significant amount of disruption at the store during a very busy time of the year.

"It also caused unnecessary concern for both shoppers and employees at the store and required a substantial amount of police resources.

"We have made one arrest in connection with the investigation, but we are now appealing for this man, or anyone who recognises him, to contact us so we can further our investigation."

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