Man arrested in Derby on suspicion of making explosive substance after more than 50 houses are evacuated

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of making or possessing an explosive substance in Derby, after more than 50 houses were evacuated in the area.

Officers were scrambled to King Alfred Street, in Normanton, at about 11.30am on Sunday.

A man has been arrested and remains in police custody, and the the army is at the scene, according to the force.

There is no indication it is a terror-related incident, Derbyshire Police said.

In a statement the force said: “The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are on site and a number of houses are currently being evacuated in King Alfred Street, Monk Street and Wolfa Street.

“Residents are asked to stay away from the area and those evacuated will be contacted when it is safe to return to their homes.”

The force later said the incident is likely to continue into the evening as officers work with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

There is no indication as to when residents will be back in their homes.

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It continued: “The force is liaising with Derby City Council to help those who require temporary accommodation while they are currently unable to access their homes.

“Residents who have been evacuated will be contacted once it is safe to return.”

Chief Superintendent Tracy Lewis said: “I would first like to thank everyone for their support and understanding during today’s incident.

“At the forefront of our minds is the safety of all those in the area as well as staff at the scene, and I know they are working hard to allow people back as quickly as it is safe to do so.

“I am also aware that people will be concerned due to the evacuation and I would like to reassure them that there is no indication at this time that this is a terror-related incident.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion of making or possessing an explosive substance and officers from the force are continuing their enquiries into the incident.

“I would urge anyone who has any information that may be of interest to the investigation team to contact the force.”

Additional reporting by by Press Association.

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