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Monday, 4 March, 2002, 15:12 GMT
Inquiry into security van explosion
Damage to the Securicor van
No-one was hurt when the bomb exploded in the van
Forensic experts are inspecting the wreckage of a Securicor van, which was ripped apart by a mystery explosion.

The van blew up at the Securicor offices in Park Lane, West Bromwich, just after 0100 GMT on Monday.

Police officers and army disposal experts arrived at the scene shortly afterwards but no-one was hurt and no buildings were damaged.

Half a dozen officers were carrying out a fingertip search of the area on Monday, collecting tiny fragments of debris, which were scattered hundreds of yards by the blast.

Attack motive

It is believed the explosion was caused by a bomb-type device but police have ruled out terrorist links.

Chief Superintendent Bruce Gilbert from West Midlands Police says they are trying to come up with a motive for the attack.

He told the BBC's Midlands Today programme: "We believe that this is criminal rather than terrorist.

"Was it a bomb gone off prematurely or simply an explosion to see what happens if you put explosives in a security van?

"We just don't know. We are still looking."

Inquiries into the explosion are continuing.

Securicor say they are working closely with police to find out who was responsible for the explosion.


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