Property Week journalists forced to evacuate office amid car bomb scare

Knackered Vauxhall

It is our job to find stories, but sometimes they find us. So it was last week when several offices in Croydon including Southern House – home of Property Week – were evacuated because of a bomb scare. Thankfully, it was a false alarm. Someone had dumped their clapped-out Vauxhall Corsa on the kerb near Nando’s because it had a flat tyre.

It could have been far worse. It is almost exactly 24 years since Property Week’s then offices were at the centre of the Docklands bombing.

In those days, a false alarm would have gone unmentioned. Not any longer. In the era of 24/7 news and social media, last week’s incident was not just picked up by the nationals; it was also all over Twitter, with one of our very own tweeting a pic of the soy latte he was enjoying in a nearby café as he breathed a sigh of relief it didn’t happen 24 hours earlier… on Property Week’s press day.