01:08 GMT08 March 2021
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    LONDON (Sputnik) – A man from Chatham, southeast England, has been charged “with dispatching an article by post with the intention of inducing the belief it is likely to explode or ignite” after a suspicious package was sent to a plant producing the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 in Wales, the Kent Police said on Saturday.

    The incident that led to the temporary closure and evacuation of the area, and to the deployment of a bomb disposal team took place on Wednesday, at a plant run by the pharmaceutical company Wockhardt UK in Wrexham, North Wales.

    The staff was allowed back into the facility after the package was examined by a bomb squad and its content taken for analysis.

    The local news website Wrexham.com reported then that a controlled explosion had taken place without damage to the area.

    The man, named by the Kent Police as 53-year-old Anthony Collins, was arrested in Chatham the following morning and is scheduled to attend a local court on Saturday.

    According to the police, the item sent to the Wrexham vaccine plant "was not a viable device."

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    vaccine, Wales, COVID-19, package
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