Bomb squad probe after device is found

Bomb incident, Adrian Higginbottom outside 36 Church Lane Calow
Bomb incident, Adrian Higginbottom outside 36 Church Lane Calow
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Bomb squad officers were called and homes evacuated after a ‘suspicious device’ was found in Calow.

Residents on Church Lane were forced to leave their homes and an evacuation centre was set up at Calow Primary School, in North Road, after the device was discovered at 9.35pm on Friday.

Adrian Higginbottom found the explosive, in a black bin liner on his front lawn and threw it in his bin.

But police and bomb disposal officers were called and evacuated homes in the area before carrying out a controlled explosion.

Mr Higginbottom, whose door and lawn were damaged in the blast said: “I thought it was a bag of rubbish in the garden.

“I didn’t realise what it was. There wasn’t any noise coming from it.

“I kicked it and a milk bottle rolled out. I wasn’t nervous at all.”

Residents were allowed back to their homes the next day after the device had been made safe.

Colin Rhodes, of Church Lane, said: “The police came and fetched us out of bed.

“We didn’t know what to think.

“My wife has had a stroke and can hardly walk but we were told we had to get out of the house quickly and taken to the school.”

The scene remained cordoned off on Saturday while CID investigated.

Peter Rawson, who lives close to the scene said: “It’s all very odd. You don’t expect it in Calow.

“I feel sorry for the residents who live close by.”

A 40-year-old man and a 23-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of producing an explosive.

They were released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield CID using the non-emergency number 101.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.