Man charged after suspicious package sent to vaccine plant

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A man has been charged over a suspicious package that was sent to a COVID vaccine production plant in North Wales.

The item arrived on Wednesday at the plant in Wrexham where the AstraZeneca vaccine is put into vials.

The plant was partially evacuated and work was interrupted for several hours while bomb disposal units were called in.

At the time, a statement from North Wales Police said a team from the Royal Logistics Corp "attended and examined the package to make sure it was safe to handle", adding that the contents would be taken away for analysis.

It is now understood that the item was not a viable device.

Anthony Collins, 53, from Chatham Hill in Chatham in Kent has been charged with dispatching an article by post with the intention of inducing the belief it is likely to explode or ignite.

He is expected to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court today.