[A] controlled explosion took place outside Workington Police Station on a Vauxhall Corsa shortly after 8am today (2nd February).
Officers, on duty last night, became concerned around suspicious objects in the vehicle which were at the time unexplained.
It has now been established that the vehicle was parked outside the station by police who had assisted the owner when he had taken ill elsewhere in the town.
Due to an internal communication error officers dealing with this morning’s incident were not aware of this and their actions were conducted, and prioritised, with the safety of the public in mind.
Following the controlled explosion, the vehicle was searched and the suspicions were negated.
As a precaution the station was evacuated and a 100m cordon was put in place. No other properties were affected by the cordon.
Inspector Ashley Bennett said: “The Constabulary is not complacent regarding incidents of public safety which we take very seriously.
“We would like to thank the public for the patience shown this morning as we dealt with an incident that was treated as suspicious and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“We have made contact with the owner of the vehicle, explained the situation and have apologised to him.
“The officers who dealt with this morning’s incident did so with public safety in mind and followed the appropriate procedures in respect to an unoccupied suspicious vehicle.
“The Constabulary will review this incident and will take on board any learning.”