Everything we know as man arrested after ‘suspicious items’ found in north Derbyshire

Several homes have been evacuated in north Derbyshire after a number of ‘suspicious items’ were found during a warrant at an address.

Monday, 6th December 2021, 3:02 pm
Several homes have been evacuated on Shakespeare Street in Holmewood after police discovered 'suspicious items' during a warrant at an address

Here’s everything we know so far:

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Holmewood incident: Everything we know so far

Last updated: Monday, 06 December, 2021, 17:17

  • Several homes evacuated after police find ‘suspicious items'
  • Man arrested and in police custody
  • Cordon remains in place and bomb squad on site

Has the cordon been lifted?

The cordon in Holmewood has been lifted as officers have completed the searches of a house, police have confirmed.

Officers attended a property in Shakespeare Street this morning (December 6) and arrested a man on suspicion of making or preparing explosives with intent.

At the house a number of suspicious items were found which required the attendance of the Explosive Ordnance Division from Chetwynd Barracks.

Superintendent Jonathan Clark said: “I understand how concerning this type of incident can be and I would like to thank the local community, and in particular those who were evacuated today for your patience and support.

“Items were found at the house during a warrant and had to be examined, to ensure they were safe, by colleagues from the Explosive Ordnance Division.

“Just before 3.50pm today (December 6) officers lifted the cordon and residents are now able to return to their homes.

“Though concerning and in view of a similar incident yesterday in Derby, I would like to reassure the public that there is no information to suggest that this is terrorism related incident at this time.

“There is also nothing to indicate it is linked to yesterday’s incident.

“The man, who has been arrested on suspicion of making or preparing explosives with intent remains in police custody at this time.

“I would urge anyone who has any information that may be of use to the officers investigating the incident to contact the force.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force using reference 228 of December 6.

Why has somebody been arrested?

The man was arrested on suspicion of making or preparing explosives with intent, according to Derbyshire police.

They added: “There is nothing to suggest there is a link to the incident in Derby, at this time.”

It comes after officers discovered more than a dozen ‘suspicious items’ while conducting a search in a residential property on King Alfred Street, in Derby, on Sunday morning.

A man was arrested on suspicion of making or possessing an explosive device, Derbyshire Police said.

More than 50 homes were evacuated and the bomb squad were scrambled.

The evacuees returned to their homes today (December 6).

What does the scene look like?

Our photographer Brian Eyre took this picture of police on Shakespeare Street earlier today...

What have police said?

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “A man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

“A cordon is in place and the explosive ordnance disposal team are on site.

A number of houses are currently being evacuated in Shakespeare Street.

“There are road closures currently in place at the junction of Rosewood Way, Shakespeare Street and Lawrence Avenue.

“There is also a closure in place between Lawrence Avenue at the junction with Masefield Avenue.

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

Officers attended a house in Shakespeare Street, Holmewood, just after 9.25am on Monday (December 6).

Police have confirmed that a number of ‘suspicious items’ were found during a warrant at the address.

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