Police reveal why Peterborough block of flats was evacuated and bomb squad called out

Flats in Peterborough were evacuated over fears of a suspicious device, police have revealed.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 10:56 am

Officers executing a warrant relating to an alleged domestic offence on Friday at 5.52pm discovered the device in a property in Blackmead, Orton Malborne,

Several police vehicles and the bomb disposal unit were called out, with residents moved out of their properties and a 100m cordon put in place.

Cambridgeshire police declined to comment on Friday and over the weekend about the incident, but a spokesperson said on Monday: “The device was later found to be non-suspicious.

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Police at Blackmead. Photo: Terry Harris
Police at Blackmead. Photo: Terry Harris

“A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of breaching a non-molestation order and was later released on bail.”

Asked what the device was, the spokesman said it was a “home-made item”.