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Town's shock over bomb hoax swoop
AREA: Philip McHugh's home in Milton Avenue,
Clitheroe, where he lived with his wife and children
THE events of Tuesday night have sent shockwaves through
the small cul-de-sac in Clitheroe where Philip McHugh has
lived for the past three-and-a-half years.
Neighbours said police swooped on the terraced property
at around 9pm and arrested the 51-year-old father-of-two
They described McHugh as somewhat of a recluse and an
'oddball' - but said that the arrest had come as a complete
Unemployed McHugh lives with his wife and two teenage
children in a rented house in Milton Avenue, Clitheroe.
His neighbours said they did not know much about the
former charity shop worker and said his A Class Mercedes car
had been absent from the property for several weeks.
Neighbours said they knew little of the man himself but
spoke highly of his wife, who impressed people living nearby
with her friendliness.
Neighbour Dave Grooby, 37, always found McHugh to be
"very quiet" and added: "I was in total shock when the
police carted him away.
"All the road and (nearby) Waddington Road was closed off
as I came back from work early on Wednesday morning. I saw
two black police vans parked in the road.
Shelter shop in Clitheroe
"I did not know what was going on and have never seen
anything like this around here.
"I know he had a wife and two kids and they always seemed
very nice but, as I say, he was always very quiet."
Vanessa Waterhouse, 64, has lived on Milton Avenue for 33
years and worked at the Tesco in Clitheroe, which was
targeted as part of the alleged bomb hoax campaign, until
She said: "I did not really have much to do with him but
his wife was always very nice.
"I would often see them in passing and speak to her but
it took him quite a while for him to engage with me when I
tried to start a conversation."
But she was surprised when she heard about his arrest and
added: "His children were always very approachable and
friendly and would always speak to me."
Rose Campion, 57, who lives in nearby Waddington Road,
said she knew Mr McHugh's wife and always found her to be
But she said that McHugh was always "very quiet and
She added: "It is a shame really that something like this
has may have gone on in Clitheroe.
"She was a very nice person but we never saw him much."
Another resident, who lived nearby and refused to be
named, said: "No-one knew him really and I would just see
him going to and from his car every now and again.
"You do not expect things like this to happen around
Previously, McHugh he had worked for the Shelter charity
shop in Moor Lane, Clitheroe, where his former boss Amelia
Cross remembered him as a "very quiet man".
She said: "I am really surprised that he has been
"It is a few years since I have seen Phil - he worked for
me for about six months as a collector.
"I always knew him as a very quiet and polite chap.
"He was here when I started at the shop almost two years
"He really just kept himself to himself."
9:16am Friday 27th July 2007
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