BLUNDERING staff left a fake bomb on a ferry after a terror drill — causing a big security scare at Dover.
P&O employees forgot to remove the “Coke bottle with wires coming out of it”.
A horrified passenger spotted the device when boarding the ship at the Kent port the next day.
The dummy explosive was even said to have the word “bomb” written on it.
Army, police and paramedics dashed to the Pride of Canterbury at 7am on Saturday September 28.
Thousands of passengers were stranded during the alert as ferries to France were delayed or cancelled and tailbacks formed on the A20 to Dover.
A source said: “Everybody was a bit on edge. They thought a terrorist plot had been foiled.
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“A few fake bombs had been dotted around the ship for a training exercise and then packed away safely, but this one was forgotten.
“It left P&O top brass very embarrassed — and a few employees are in line for a very stern chat.”
P&O said: “We apologise to all those inconvenienced. We are conducting a full investigation.”
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