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Man charged following property search in Barnstaple

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Appeared at Exeter Magistrates this morning

Police attended reports of disorder involving a man in Barnstaple High Street at 4.30pm on Wednesday 24 January.  The man was detained at the scene and taken to Barnstaple Custody centre.

Further enquiries then led to officers searching an address in Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple.

As a result,a male by the name of Steven Bracher, aged 55, from Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, has been charged with possession of a bladed article, possession of a Class B drug and two counts of possession of explosives, contrary to the Explosive Substance Act 1883.

He was remanded in police custody and appeared at Exeter magistrates court this morning on Saturday 27 January.

Following his appearance this morning, Steven Bracher was remanded into police custody. He will appear at Exeter magistrates court on Thursday 1 February.

LPA Commander, Toby Davies: "Enquiries are ongoing at the property and we anticipate that officers will be there for several days to continue those investigations. Specialist support, including Royal Navy Bomb Disposal, will remain at the scene as a precaution, whilst items are removed from the address, and to support the ongoing investigations.

"It has not been necessary to evacuate any surrounding properties and I would like to reassure the local community that there is not considered to be any increased public risk. We will keep this under constant review.

"Devon and Cornwall Police continue to seek specialist national advice and we would again like to reiterate that this is not being treated as a terrorism incident. My thanks to local residents who continue to be thoroughly supportive and understanding of the increased police presence in their area."


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