A large emergency response has gathered outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital
UPDATE 20:29 – A spokesperson for North West Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed that an armed police incident in south Liverpool is connected to the taxi explosion outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday morning. In a statement to the Liverpool Echo the force said: “Police activity on Rutland Avenue is connected to an earlier incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital”. An armed police raid has taken place at a house on the street. Three men, aged 29, 26, and 21, have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.
UPDATE 17:27 – One person has died and another has been taken to hospital for their injuries after incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital
An Army bomb squad has been called out to a Liverpool hospital following a car fire and unconfirmed reports of an ‘explosion’. Armed police are also in attendance outside the city’s Women’s Hospital along with a bomb disposal truck.
Photographs of a car on fire and also burnt out have been shared on social media, and it appears to be parked just behind another row of cars at the top end of the car park. Sources say the car is a private hire taxi and in some pictures, a taxi licence plate seems to be visible
There are cordons in place to stop any other people from entering the area and a police incident has been declared. Merseyside Police has said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred at around 11 am today outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital. A cordon around the affected area has been established and a number of surrounding roads have been closed. Emergency services are currently at the scene assessing the situation.”
Alan Weston of the Liverpool Echo shared images and a video of a police helicopter flying above the scene too. “Force helicopter has been circling over the Women’s hospital for the past few minutes,” he wrote. “A large number of police officers and vehicles can still be seen behind the cordoned-off area at the main entrance to the Women’s off Upper Parliament Street”, he added.
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