Suspicious wife triggers bomb scare in Leeds suburb after fitting GPS tracker to husband’s car

The scene of the incident in Providence Avenue, Woodhouse, Leeds. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
The scene of the incident in Providence Avenue, Woodhouse, Leeds. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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A suspicious wife has triggered a bomb alert in Leeds after a GPS tracking device she fitted to her husband’s car was discovered.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene in Providence Avenue, Woodhouse, after the man called up to report finding the device in his car today at around 10am.

The scene of the incident in Providence Avenue, Woodhouse, Leeds. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

The scene of the incident in Providence Avenue, Woodhouse, Leeds. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

The Yorkshire Post understands that officers set up a police cordon around the vehicle and were prepared to evacuate nearby homes when the woman confessed to planting the tracker herself.

A police spokesman said: “This morning officers were called to a suspicious package in a car and an operation was put in place.”

Leeds City Council’s emergency planning team was contacted to set up temporary accommodation for evacuated residents in a nearby community centre.

A council spokeswoman said council officers also assessed which other places, including schools and public buildings, may have needed evacuation if the device proved “to be an actual danger”.

Contact with Ministry of Defence bomb disposal experts had been made by police before the device was identified as a tracker at around 11am.