Police blunder sees fake 'bomb' left at Wolves big match

Bungling police officers nearly caused Wolves’ big promotion party to be called off – after accidentally leaving a fake 'bomb' in the stadium.

Kenny Jackett lifts the trophy on the day of the 'fake bomb' drama
Kenny Jackett lifts the trophy on the day of the 'fake bomb' drama

Almost 30,000 supporters celebrating the club’s League One title triumph against Carlisle were blissfully unaware that their day was just minutes away from being ruined by a dramatic bomb scare.

Officers had mistakenly left the imitation explosive device in an executive box at Molineux during an earlier training exercise.

Terrified supporters discovered the device and raised the alarm, resulting in the executive area of the Steve Bull Stand being evacuated.

Unbeknownst to thousands of jubilant fans, there were serious doubts that the game would even go ahead in the minutes leading up to kick off.

Eventually officers discovered the error and calm was restored, but an investigation has now been launched by West Midlands Police into how the ‘bomb’ was left inside Molineux.

And police chiefs confirmed they have received an official complaint about the incident.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said they had expressed concerns to police in the ‘strongest manner possible’.

Kenny Jackett, left, and Jez Moxey
Kenny Jackett and Jez Moxey

He added: “Understandably, this incident caused significant distress to the individual supporters concerned and we have, of course, been in close dialogue with the specific box holder.

“However, although only a small number of our fans were affected, it could easily have resulted in a wide scale evacuation of the stadium which, under the circumstances, would have had more serious implications.

“We have been in contact with West Midlands Police and explained our concerns in the strongest possible manner.”

Mr Moxey said he was satisfied police had acted quickly and responsibly by issuing a full apology and launching an investigation, and reassured supporters Molineux was a safe venue to visit.

Goals from Sam Ricketts, Michael Jacobs and Nouha Dicko won the game 3-0 for Wolves, who lifted the League One trophy after the match had finished.

Any kick-off delay or postponement could have had serious ramifications, as opponents Carlisle were fighting relegation and league rules stipulate all final matches of the season must kick off at the same time, to prevent any side gaining an advantage.

Chief Inspector Ian Marsh, Silver Commander for the match, said: “An imitation explosive device was found in an executive box at Molineux Stadium on Saturday during the match against Carlisle United. It had been placed there during a training exercise.

"Whilst the device posed no danger to anyone we appreciate it may have caused concern for the supporters who found it and we apologise for any distress it caused.

“We’ve received a complaint and will respond to this in due course.

“The matter has been referred to West Midlands Police Professional Standards Department who will look into the incident and advise on any learning that may arise.”

Comments for: "Police blunder sees fake 'bomb' left at Wolves big match"

Rhys.wwfc

And this is only being reported now? Bit slow there.

Corfuwolves

They were clearly too busy taking pictures of the moon which was immediately reported!

Corfuwolves

Maybe as a matter of goodwill they could restore 'The Liquidator'?

Ridiculous decision to ban it in the first place!

Lakeside

How is your comment relevant?

Corfuwolves

So sorry, I've forgotten you are the person that posts on here with the humour bypass!

Robert

Another public relations blunder by West Mids Police.

Lakeside

How do they know it was left by real policemen?

BurnhamChris

Let's hope it's not reported that Policeman who left it was an Albion Fan !!!

Jackett the Hat

I thought a bomb had already gone off down the Poorthorns.....it must be the state of the ground and them people dressed in rags with dirty faces that fooled me, doh!

cameo

This has been blown out of proportion LOL

thetykester

i agree totally and why as it took so long to reply, im not a wolves fan but its yet another wolves marketing/press blunder

Northern Wolf

Do you think it was Plod that left the "bomb" in the Steve Bull stand back in '96? Do you remember? We had to get the Army out to do a controlled explosion on a couple of tuna sandwiches wrapped in foil instead of watching England Under 21s. I think we should be told!

Sir Billy Quiet

Jez 'express our concerns in the strongest possible manner.” WOW that would have shaken them up!

Sir Billy Quiet

Mr Moxey said he was satisfied police had acted quickly and responsibly by issuing a full apology and launching an investigation, and reassured supporters Molineux was a safe venue to visit.

Its that safe that you would never ever see 500 fans running across the pitch!

I bet his never tried to go to the toilets in the crush of Billy Wright Stand at half time or try to cross the Waterloo Road at full time - accidents waiting to happen........

I wonder if Jez 'leaked' this story so he could get his face in the paper again?

Corfuwolves

I cannot understand why Waterloo Road and all the car parks along it are not closed for say 15-20 mins or even longer, to allow the crowd to disperse. Have witnessed over the seasons many 'near' misses and angry exchanges due to the speed of cars wanting to rush away, not only down the Waterloo Road, but also when pulling off these car parks across pavements full of fans.

The club must be aware of this problem.

And before anyone tries to shoot me down and say it would be practically impossible, many other clubs I have visited manage to do so.

nik.hare1

what do the national papers call this time of the year? oh yea , "the silly season"

from cats rescuing children from errant dogs, to chinese storks found in a glasgow park!!!!

yes folks, the e+d are so bereft of football artcles, they have started scraping the barrel.

roll on the world cup and new season.

Thehoffsleftsock

Jez was only angry cos the "package" was left outside greggs, and he couldn't have his hourly steak bake until it was disposed of!

U t w

Zig Zag Wanderer

We'll I for one hope next season we can EXPLODE on to the scene in the Championship. Hoping the strikers can BANG a few ROCKETS into the back of the net. We we won't BOMB with Kenny calling the SHOTS. These players have FIRE in there bellys, they won't be DUDs

Paulo

David Edwards was supposed to remove it, but he mis-timed his run and ended up in the Asda car park.

naz

The residents would have carried on without batting an eye lid, thinking thats some fireworks celebration. The board are at last digging dip in their pockets.

naz

Anyway why oh why would anyone want to bomb the molineux? Now am really putting the cat amongst the pigeons. Albion fans dont have to comment thankyou very much.