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No zombie invasion action plan at Gloucestershire County Council

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 02, 2013

INVASION: Zombies invade Cheltenham High Street for Halloween

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Zombies have been spotted on the streets of Cheltenham – but council leaders don't have a plan to tackle an invasion of the flesh-eating monsters.

With dozens of people dressed as zombies for Halloween celebrations, there could be no better time for real monsters to slip in unnoticed.

But Gloucestershire County Council has revealed it has no plan to combat such a deadly influx of the walking undead, despite other authorities having a strategy ready to go.

With Halloween on the way, the Echo asked the county council to tell us, under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) what zombie action plan it had.

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Information officer Lucy Jefferies said: "GCC does not have a specific zombie action plan or a policy for dealing with a zombie invasion or attack.

"We would probably refer such incidents to the Local Resilience Forum (a partnership of emergency services and other authorities), which is the principal mechanism for multi-agency cooperation under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

"Any incidents that are not covered by a specific action plan or policy would be managed in accordance with the Major Incident Procedures Manual, which is on their website."

In a major emergency, the Forum's advice is to go into a safe building, stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise and tune in to local radio or TV for more information.

Councillor Colin Hay (LD, All Saints and Oakley) said the burden for dealing with a zombie invasion would probably fall under public health, which was the authority's responsibility.

But he didn't think a specific 'strategy document' was needed.

He said: "We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

"Clearly if it became an issue then our public health officers would be the first people to be called, along with the bishop."

Leicester City Council has adopted a similar approach which said "some elements" of its emergency plan could be applied if the situation arose.

Bristol City Council, however, has revealed it is ready for any action the agents of evil care to wreak on its citizens.

After an FoI request, Bristol City Council released a 'strategy document', which explained there were four alert stages to a zombie invasion and also offers guidance on the correct zombie killing procedure – disconnect the brain-stem from the body.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 03 2013, 1:17PM

    Kay have to agree this has been doing the rounds over the last few years and yet again shows the lowest common denominator of the press that is the Echo/Gloucester Citizen!

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  • Francesco_R  |  November 03 2013, 11:38AM

    I would love to disconnect loads of brain-stems from their brain, but they are not zombies...

  • Kay_Powell  |  November 02 2013, 2:37PM

    The Echo used the Freedom of Information Act to make a spurious and vexacious request? I wonder how much that cost the public purse.

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  • jonesyad2012  |  November 02 2013, 11:09AM

    What a load of crock!!!!