Birmingham to Nottingham train, cancelled at Tamworth.

A suspicious package outside Sainsbury’s on Horninglow Road, in Burton, saw cancelled National Rail services, leaving travellers stranded for hours.

Passengers on the 23:09 service from Birmingham New Street to Nottingham saw their train stop to a halt at Tamworth – almost an hour away from Nottingham.

A tannoy announcement told passengers there had been a security breach. After waiting for updates for an hour, it was revealed there was a possible bomb threat in Burton.

Rumours circulated around the carriages that cordons had been put into place around the town centre with a large number of police officers deployed.

Passengers were eventually told the service would not be continuing and a coach was going to be booked to send passengers back to the remaining stops of Burton-on-Trent, Willington, Derby and Nottingham.

“I’ve not had the greatest day as it is, this is a misery compiler!”

Shaun Gallagher, PASSENGER

Coach travel took passengers back to their location.

The coach eventually dropped passengers off at the remaining stops, arriving in Nottingham at 3:48am – exactly three-and-a-half hours later than scheduled.

Passenger Shaun Gallagher, 51, was travelling to Burton on the service and said the situation was “beyond words” and passengers had been “messed about”.

He also said that the staff were “unprofessional”, giving “cross-wired” information and “the staff couldn’t organise a p**s-up in a brewery”.

“I’ve not had the greatest day as it is, this is a misery compiler!”

Shaun Gallagher talking about his experience on the halted train and returning to Burton during the scare.

Officers told National Rail to stop trains going through Burton whilst safety checks were completed.

The package, found outside Sainsbury’s, turned out to be an empty, discarded suitcase.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said they were called at 9:55pm and the cordon ended at 1:50am.

A Sainsbury’s employee, from the Horninglow Road branch, who did not want to be named said, “You have to be cautious with events like that and dispose of abandoned luggage safely.”

Sainsbury’s, Horninglow Road where the abandoned suitcase was found.

This isn’t the only bomb scare in Burton in recent years – in 2017, in McDonalds, Station Street, a suspicious package was found. Bomb disposal found it was safe.

A man in 2019 also fished out a live grenade from a canal in Burton. He was using a powerful magnet to fish when he pulled out the bomb which could have been from either World War 1 or 2.

In 2022, a historic hand grenade was found near Tutbury Road leading to a police cordon in the town. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was at the scene.