Man arrested after suspicious package sent to Covid-19 vaccine plant

Police have detained a man after a suspicious package was sent to a coronavirus vaccine production site.

All staff had to be evacuated from the Wockhardt site in Wrexham, North Wales, on Wednesday while the package was investigated.

Suspect package at Wockhardt
Suspect package at Wockhardt

The global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company provides fill-and-finish services for the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine – the final stage of putting the vaccine into vials.

Production ground to a halt for hours while police and the Army investigated the suspicious package, though it is understood the production schedule was not affected.

On Thursday afternoon, Kent Police announced that they had arrested a man on suspicion of sending the packages.

The 53-year-old, from Chatham, remains in custody.

We have arrested a #Chatham man following a report that a suspicious package was sent to a Covid-19 vaccine factory in #Wrexham.

There is no evidence to suggest there is an ongoing threat and you can read more here:

— Kent Police (UK) (@kent_police) January 28, 2021

As part of ongoing inquiries, police carried out warrants at addresses in Luton Road and Chatham Hill in the Medway town on Thursday morning.

Police said there is “no evidence” to suggest there is an ongoing threat.