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Belleville police investigating ‘suspicious package’ found near Keegan Parkway playground

Belleville Police Service – Photo by Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Hometownist

UPDATE: Belleville police said in a media release early Saturday evening that an area of the Bayshore Trail along Keegan Parkway is now open to the public. Some areas of the park will remain off limits as police continue their investigation. An investigation into the origin of the device and whether explosives were involved is continuing.

The Belleville Police Service has implemented a restricted area along the city’s waterfront trail today (Saturday, March 16) as they address what they’re calling “an ongoing situation in the east end.”

Police say the incident unfolded around 8:30 a.m. Saturday when officers responded to a report near the children’s playground on Keegan Parkway. A passerby had flagged what appeared to be a suspicious package in the vicinity.

Given the package’s proximity to the playground, the walking trail, and Belleville hospital, law police established a sizable perimeter to ensure public safety, anticipating the possibility of an explosive device.

The Ontario Provincial Police Explosive Disposal Unit was en route to the scene as of early Saturday afternoon, and has been in communication with the Belleville Police Emergency Response Unit since the package’s discovery.

Authorities have advised the public to steer clear of the cordoned-off area until the situation is resolved. Additional emergency services, including the Belleville Fire Department and Hastings-Quinte EMS, are on standby for assistance if necessary.

The Belleville Police Criminal Investigations Unit, Forensic Investigations Unit, and Traffic Safety Unit (utilizing drones) have also been mobilized to aid in the investigation.

Quinteist will continue to follow this story, and update information as it’s made available.

Anyone with information is urged to reach out to Det.-Const. Stephanie Bested at 613-966-0882 ext. 4170 or sbested@bellevilleps.ca. Alternatively, those wishing to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477 or www.crimestoppersquinte.ca.

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