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‘Serious incident’ sees police guarding Weston-super-Mare streets

PUBLISHED: 20:13 01 July 2017 | UPDATED: 21:13 01 July 2017

Police horse-box used to block Alfred Street.

Police horse-box used to block Alfred Street.

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Police have this evening (Saturday) been guarding a sizeable cordon around part of Weston-super-Mare town centre following reports that ‘unstable chemicals’ had been discovered.

George Street cordoned off. George Street cordoned off.

The Mercury understands the cordons were set up at about 6.30pm around Baker Street, Alfred Street, Jubilee Road and George Street as police investigated what officers at the scene described as a ‘serious incident’.

A substantial number of police officers and specialist units, fire engines and ambulances have been on the scene and an incident command centre established in Locking Road car park.

Emergency sevices on standby in the Locking Road car park. Emergency sevices on standby in the Locking Road car park.

Police have subsequently released a statement confirming the incident began with reports of ‘unstable chemicals’ in a flat in Baker Street, and that one person has been arrested in connection the incident.

A spokesman said: “At approximately 5.25pm today we were made aware of some potentially unstable chemicals at an address on Baker Street, Weston-super-Mare.

Jubilee Road cordoned off. Jubilee Road cordoned off.

“As a precaution a cordon was established while specialist officers from the fire service assessed the situation before declaring it safe with nothing untoward found.

“A 49-year-old man has been detained and is currently assisting us with our enquiries.

“There is no information to suggest the incident is terrorist-related.

“We would like to thank those inconvenienced by the cordon for their patience while we dealt with this incident.”

People living inside the affected area were unable to return to their homes while officers dealt with the incident, while police advised others inside the cordon to remain indoors with their doors locked.

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