Bomb arrest: Neighbours speak of shock
PUBLISHED: 19:06 20 January 2012 | UPDATED: 10:36 21 January 2012
BURNHAM residents have spoken of their shock after their neighbour's house was raided by police searching for explosives.
The Mercury reported earlier today (Fri) how a 100m cordon was put in place around a property in Beatty Way, Burnham, when officers carried out a warrant under the Explosives Act.
A bomb disposal team from Gloucestershire has been at the site for much of the day, carrying out a detailed search of the house and garden.
A 36-year-old man was arrested this morning during the warrant.
A total of 50 homes fall into the 100m cordon with residents evacuated to a nearby community centre.
Beatty Way residents Pete and Barbara Dickinson were evacuated from their home at about 8am by police officers.
Mr Dickinson said: “We saw them arrest the man and then we were asked to leave.
“We’ve been in the community centre since 9am.”
Mrs Dickinson added: “They have looked after us very well at the community centre – the people have been excellent.
“It is all a bit of a shock though.”
Another neighbour John Billington said: “We came home at about noon to find the cordon and lots of police everywhere.
“Burnham is Burnham – it’s not Belfast or Derry – it’s a quiet seaside town.
“You don’t expect to be put up in a hall not knowing when you’ll be allowed back or what’s going on.”
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