Suspicious device at Surrey Memorial Hospital deemed not explosive

Surrey

2022-02-07 10:18 PST

File # 2022-18001

 Surrey RCMP is investigating after a suspicious device was left at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) on Saturday.

On February 5, 2022, at 11:58 a.m. Surrey RCMP responded to the report of a patient hiding something inside SMH. Frontline members attended the hospital and located a suspicious looking object, which appeared to be a possible improvised explosive device.

The Expolosive Disposal Unit (EDU) was consulted and Care and Treatment Zone area of the hospital was evacuated. The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service attended and conducted a full sweep of surrounding areas.

EDU attended the scene and safely removed the device in order to conduct a detailed examination off-site. This examination determined that the device did not have explosive capabilities.

A portion of the hospital was closed to patients and staff for approximately four hours as police investigated.

Incidents like this have a significant impact on the hospital staff and patients, says Cpl Vanessa Munn, Media Relations Officer. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of those who were working or attending SMH on Saturday.

Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has conduct of the investigation. A possible suspect has been identified and police are actively looking to speak with that person. Based on the evidence collected this appears to be an isolated incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

Released by

Cpl. Vanessa Munn

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
www.surreyrcmp.ca
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776

Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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