A town was thrown in to disarray and residents dragged out of their beds at 4am - in what police are now treating as a ‘hoax bomb’ in Clay Cross.
Fifty homes were evacuated and Army bomb disposal experts called out following reports a ‘suspicious package’ had been found in a car parked on Victoria Street, yesterday.
Brendan Bull, who lives on the street, said: “I answered the door in my boxer shorts and had a towel round my waist. Police told me to put some clothes on and get out.
“I waited for my neighbour as she’s nearly 90 and struggles to get around. She’s very nervous anyway and was frightened to death.”
Mr Bull said he had seen officers searching a black Vauxhall Astra, parked on the street.
Police dog vehicles arrived at the scene along with a high tech bomb defusing robot.
Some neighbours were taken to Sharley Park leisure centre and waitied around seven hours before being allowed back on the street.
Neighbour Andrew Dunn said: “We don’t know what to think. This doesn’t normally happen in Clay Cross.”
Staff at car parts specialist SDL Minorfern, on The Broadleys across from the cordoned off area, were on hand to help police get in to a car.
Operations manager Darren Murray said: “We learnt them some tools and showed them how to open the bonnet with specialist equipment.
“They said it was very lucky we were here.”
Roads around Victoria Street were also closed off while officerscombed the area for clues.
POLICE confirmed two men have been arrested in connection with the incident, as the Derbyshire Times went to press.
Officers also said no suspicious package has been found following the incident
A member of the public called police at 2.25am yesterday to report people acting suspiciously and a suspicious car.
Officers arrived and arrested two men who were with the car. One of the men told police there was an explosive device inside the car.
The car was thoroughly examined by experts and it was confirmed there were no explosive devices inside it.
Police are now treating the incident as a hoax.