Bomb squad seals off streets

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People were unable to leave or return to their homes for more than three hours after a bomb disposal team was called to deal with a suspect package in a garden.

Police, the ambulance service and a bomb disposal team were called to a home in Spencer Street, Rothwell, yesterday afternoon.

Insp Vaughan Clarke from Northamptonshire Police said the package had been found outside a home in Cecil Street and taken to the home in Spencer Street, which is off Cecil Street, and placed in the garden.

A police cordon was set up in the street after officers were called out to the incident at 3.45pm.

An RAF bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on the package and the police cordon was lifted just before 7.30pm. Speaking at the scene after the incident was resolved, insp Clarke said: “The EOD (bomb disposal) conducted a controlled explosion on the device. It’s been made safe.”

Scenes of crime officers were set to visit the home last night to take parts of the device to examine.

Parts of it were also set to be taken by the RAF bomb disposal team to RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire to be examined. While the incident was being dealt with police put a 100m cordon in place around the home in Spencer Street.

Residents who were in their homes were told not to leave and people returning to or visiting homes within the cordon were told to turn back.

Jordan Henson, 19, who lives next door to the home where the suspect package was taken, said: “We were evacuated at about 4pm.”

Liam Edwards, 19, who lives in the same home, said: “We got back from football and there were a lot of police. We came up the road and they told us to get back. I was wondering what was going on.”