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Suspicious device not viable, Bideford

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Cordons lifted

Police were called at 2.20pm on Tuesday 12 September after reports of a suspicious device found within a donation bag at a charity shop on Mill Street, Bideford.

Emergency Services were called to the scene and a 100m cordon was put in place on Mill Street. These cordons have now been lifted.

Superintendent Toby Davies said: “A device was discovered in a donation bag at a charity shop and had caused concern. As a precaution we evacuated around thirty adjoining shops and properties in the area.

“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit attended the scene and confirmed that the device is not viable and we have now disposed of this.

“The devise was not dangerous and no member of the public was put at risk. Plans were put in place as a precaution and the residents were returned home as soon as possible.

“We would like to thank the MOD for their assistance and the public for their patience whilst we established what we were dealing with.”


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