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Man arrested following Bideford incident

Major incident

Enquries have been completed at the property

Police have confirmed that enquiries taking place at a property in Bideford are not being treated as criminal, but as a matter of public safety.

One man was arrested under the explosives act but has since been released with no further action being taken.

Police were called at around 11.30am on Wednesday 12 September following concerns for the welfare of a woman in Bideford.

Initial enquiries led officers to attend an address in Bridge Street, Bideford.

Whilst at the address, some of our officers complained of feeling unwell and were immediately removed from the scene and a cordon put in place.

The ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended and treated these officers, all of whom are unharmed and have since returned to duty.

Following searches within the property, a number of items were found which required expert analysis from specialist officers and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. Police have also been supported by fire and ambulance at the scene.

Police have worked closely with partner agencies to ensure the safety of the public and the property. Enquires have now been completed at the address and it has been deemed that there is no risk to the wider public.

A 73-year-old man was arrested under the explosives act. He has since been released and no further action will be taken in relation to this incident.


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