Guests at Center Parcs in Elveden were evacuated from communal areas and told not to leave their lodges over a “suspect device” on Sunday night.
Suffolk Police tweeted: “Officers are investigating after someone overheard mention of a suspect device at #CenterParcs Elveden. Nothing has been found.”
Officers are investigating after someone overhead mention of a suspect device at #CenterParcs Elveden. Nothing has been found
— Suffolk Police (@SuffolkPolice) July 23, 2017
The lockdown began at 8pm and was over just before midnight. Guests were told via an internal TV channel that a “full search has been conducted and there is no evidence to suggest any public threat”.
Visitor Sally Fordham, from Cambridgeshire, was stuck in her lodge without access to food as part of a group of eight.
She told Sky News: “As we were in the main village area, people were asked to evacuate food courts and the pool due to an incident. We have been given no information apart from an ‘incident’ that has taken place.”
Image: The updated message on guests’ TVs. Pic: @Milliee_Milton
Swimmers were evacuated from the pool in foil blankets and forced to walk home barefoot, while a panicked father said his daughter’s insulin was locked in the changing rooms.
Twitter user Matt wrote: “Our daughter is Type 1 diabetic, and our insulin supplies are locked in a pool locker. We have no access to this.
“We need novorapid insulin ASAP, can’t access locker. Ambulance called. Can anyone onsite help?”
Image: Center Parcs said the evacuation was a ‘precaution’. Pic: .Martin.
Center Parcs later messaged him back: “We have someone on the way to you now.”
Another holidaymaker posted: “Never thought 7 of us and a baby would have to walk barefoot 1.5 miles in emergency blankets back to our lodge tonight.”
Center Parcs confirmed all communal areas had now reopened and the evacuation was only a “precautionary measure”.