Weston-super-Mare police alert was triggered by ‘household bleach’

PUBLISHED: 14:08 02 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 02 July 2017

George Street cordoned off.

George Street cordoned off.

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A substance which triggered a police alert that saw a large part of Weston-super-Mare town centre cordoned off yesterday (Saturday) has been revealed as ‘a small quantity of household bleach’.

Police horse-box used to block Alfred Street.Police horse-box used to block Alfred Street.

The Mercury reported yesterday how officers had closed off an area including George Street, Baker Street, Jubilee Road and Alfred Street in response to reports of ‘unstable chemicals’ in a property in the area.

Police at the scene described the matter as a ‘serious incident’, while officers were joined at the scene by fire appliances and ambulances as they investigated inside a flat in Baker Street.

However, officers have today confirmed that the substance involved was an innocent one - although a man arrested at the scene remains detained.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “We’d like to clarify an incident in Weston-super-Mare yesterday afternoon.

“Emergency services attended an address on Baker Street at approximately 5.25pm having been made aware it may have contained unstable chemicals.

“Due to the nature of the incident a cordon was put in place as a precaution while the fire service assessed the property.

“However, it was quickly established it contained only a small quantity of household bleach.

“The incident is not terrorist-related and at no point was there any risk to the public.

“A 49-year-old man was detained and is currently engaging with mental health professionals.

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

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