One dead in explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital
Merseyside Police said a car explosion at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital which left one person dead has not been declared a terrorist incident but counter terrorism officers are leading the investigation “out of caution”.
A statement said: “Unfortunately, we can confirm that one person has died and another has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries, which thankfully are not life threatening.“So far we understand that the car involved was a taxi which pulled up at the hospital shortly before the explosion occurred.“Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything.“We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the explosion but given how it has happened, out of caution, Counter Terrorism Police are leading the investigation supported by Merseyside Police.”
In a statement, Liverpool Women’s Hospital said visiting access had been restricted “until further notice” and patients had been diverted to other hospitals “where possible”.
The statement said: “We have restricted visiting access to the hospital with immediate effect and until further notice.
“Where possible we have diverted patients to other hospitals until further notice. We are currently allowing ambulances to access the hospital in emergencies.
“We are reviewing our patient activity for the next 24-48 hours and patients should wait to be contacted for updates about any planned appointments or other attendance at the hospital.
“Our staff are being permitted to leave and enter the hospital under the supervision of Merseyside Police.
“We would like to say thank you for the co-operation and support of our patients, visitors and staff who have been impacted by this incident, in particular those members of staff who were at the scene at the time of the incident.
“We will be ensuring that anyone affected by this has the appropriate support in place.”