Bomb arrest update: Disposal teams searching garden

PUBLISHED: 15:57 20 January 2012

Police and Army Bomb Disposal Officers at Cunningham Road.

Police and Army Bomb Disposal Officers at Cunningham Road.

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A DETAILED search of a house and garden is now under way as explosives experts continue their investigation following a bomb arrest earlier today (Fri).

Seventeen people have so far been evacuated from the 50 homes inside a 100-metre police cordon as the bomb squad examines the property in Beatty Way, Burnham.

News of a 36-year-old man’s arrest was broken by the Mercury earlier this morning, after police swooped at 7.45am to execute a warrant under the Explosives Act.

Bomb disposal teams from Ashworth in Gloucestershire have been on site since.

Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley said the investigation has not uncovered any information to suggest the arrested man has any links to terrorism.

He said: “As a result of some information we received, we obtained a warrant under the Explosives Act and attended an address in Beatty Way at 7.45am.

“A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody.

“As is normal practice, the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) were alerted and called out to the scene and we await the outcome of their enquiries.

“Based on their initial advice, a 100-metre cordon was set up around the end terrace house.

“EOD officers then began a detailed search of the property, garden and outbuildings.

“As a precautionary measure we have evacuated homes within the cordon. Some 17 people so far have been taken to a nearby rest centre.

“We are determined to do everything we possibly can to minimise the disruption to people’s daily lives and will return people back to their homes as soon as possible.

“I’m sure local residents will understand and I’d like to thank them for their patience and co-operation.

“We have been working closely with various partner agencies and organisations in response to this incident, and are grateful for their assistance.

“We will, of course, be observing our obligations under the Contempt of Court Act, and will therefore not be naming or confirming the identity of the individual we arrested today.”

Evacuated residents are currently being housed at Burnham Community Centre. Police are unable at this point to say how long the cordon will remain in place.

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