Police rush to London restaurant after delivery of bread mistaken for a BOMB

A passer-by panicked when he saw the early morning delivery marked ‘Bomb’- meant for the eaterie Bombetta.

The loaves were left in a brown paper bag outside at 6am, with half of the shop’s name scrawled in marker pen on the top.

But the package caused fear among early commuters, who called 999.

Upon closer inspection, the Metropolitan Police officers simply discovered that it was a clumsy mislabelling of the early morning delivery, featuring a shortened version of the restaurant’s name.

Jose Alonso, manager of the restaurant in Wanstead, east London, said six police officers visited.

He said: “Our bread was left outside the door as it is every morning.

“Unfortunately it looks like one of the bakery employees shortened the name from Bombetta to bomb, and an overzealous member of the public obviously reported it.

“We had six police officers turn up in a van with flashing lights looking for a suspect package.

“Officers came in and had a look around and said that they were looking for a specific type of package in a brown paper bag.

“At this point, one of your staff said ‘that’s our bread delivery’ and that’s when they noticed that the name had been shortened.

“It’s just unfortunate that it’s in big black marker. I suppose it’s the times we live in.

“In some respects, it’s actually quite gratifying that a member of the public had the presence of mind to report it.”

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.11am to reports of a suspicious package at a cafe in Snaresbrook.”

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