Bomb-making equipment and 'kill list' at Wigan prison spark major anti-terror alert

Police incident
Police incident

A Wigan jail was the scene of a major security alert after bomb-making equipment and a "kill list" were found in a cell.


Anti-terror police were called to HMP Hindley following the alarming discovery of wires, circuit boards and foil blankets, which could potentially have been used to make an explosive device, following a tip-off.

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A police spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: “Police were called shortly before 6pm to HMP Hindley on Saturday 1 December 2018, to reports that suspicious items were found in a cell.

“Specialist police officers attended and deemed the items were not suspicious.”

It was reported a list of names, suspected to be targets, was found.

In the end specialist anti-terrorism officers decided the objects did not represent a threat.

A man was moved to a separation unit at the prison.