August 19 2012
– A hundred homes were evacuated today after suspected explosive materials were found at a property.
Police made the discovery in Donnington, Telford, Shropshire, while conducting a search warrant, and a number of firearms were also found.
A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with this incident and is currently at Malinsgate Police Station being questioned by detectives.
Residents of Donnington, Telford were evacuated from their homes as experts investigated explosive materials
Police and explosive experts are at the scene in Donnington
Explosives experts are currently at the property and a cordon has been established to protect the public.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: ‘Explosives experts are currently at the property and a cordon has been established to protect the public.
‘As a precautionary measure, around 100 homes in the immediate vicinity of the property are also being evacuated.’
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Wells from Telford CID said: ‘We apologise to local people for any disruption this may cause them, but you will understand that we need to ensure the public’s safety while we continue to deal with this incident.
The cordon has been lifted to allow residents back to their homes but are still investigating the property
Police made the discovery in Donnington while conducting a search warrant, and found firearms.
‘We are working closely with our colleagues at Telford and Wrekin Council to provide accommodation for anyone who has been evacuated from their home today and is unable to make their own arrangements for somewhere to stay.
‘Transport is being provided to take people to a rest centre which has been established at Wellington Leisure Centre.
‘At this time, officers are continuing to work at the scene alongside explosives experts to establish what, if any, explosives are present and to ensure that the area is made safe.
Police will continue their investigations at the property today, but have lifted the cordon around the area to allow people back to their homes.
– Jill Reilly