Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024

Homes evacuated and bomb squad called in with 100-metre cordon

Homes have been evacuated and a bomb squad called to a quiet village in Cumbria. Police have scrambled to Steel Street in Ulverston, rushing residents out of at least 53 homes.

The incident began on Wednesday evening with the huge 100-metre cordon remaining in place this morning. It’s understood residents still cannot access their homes.

Cumbria Constabulary said that their Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was carrying out an assessment and a 46-year-old man is in police custody after he was arrested in connection with the incident.

Police had initially been called to a report of concern for a person’s welfare at 1.30pm yesterday. Residents told to leave their homes have been offered a reception centre at Ulverston Leisure Centre.

Chief Superintendent Mick Bird said: “A major incident has been declared to coordinate the activity of numerous agencies in providing a comprehensive response to support residents who have been evacuated from their homes [Wednesday] evening.

“An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is ongoing with their assessment, which may last a number of hours.

“The priority of this response is to ensure the safety of all residents. As soon as it is deemed safe to do so, residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

“I would like to thank once again those impacted by this evacuation for their continued patience.”

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