19th Sep, 2018

Explosives scare: 20-year-old detained and homes evacuated

Felix Nobes 24th Apr, 2018 Updated: 25th Apr, 2018

A 20-year-old has been detained after ‘suspicious items’ were found at his home amid an explosives scare in Coventry.

Rubens Close and Brookside Avenue in Whoberley have been cordoned off as a bomb disposal unit searched a property.

Surrounding homes have been evacuated although police say this is only a precaution.

West Midlands Police said: “Officers executed a warrant at an address in Brookside Avenue, Coventry today (Tuesday April 24).

“Following a search of the property, officers found some suspicious items and the army’s explosive ordnance disposal team has been called to carry out an examination of the items.

“As a precaution, a cordon has been placed around the property. A small number of neighbouring properties have also been evacuated as a precaution.

“A 20-year-old local man has been detained under the Explosives Act.

Chief superintendent Mike O’Hara of Coventry Police said: “Today’s search and small evacuation is being done as a precautionary measure and we appreciate the understanding of people affected by the  disruption.

“Enqiuiries continue to establish if the items at the property are suspicious and we’re keeping an open mind.”

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