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BOMB squad officers carried out a controlled explosion this afternoon after police discovered chemicals in a Sheffield office.

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The cordon by Ridgehill Road

The cordon by Ridgehill Road

Ridgehill Avenue, Intake, Sheffield, was shut for hours yesterday when police discovered chemicals relating to drug production.

The avenue was cordoned off for a second time this morning when more substances were discovered during a follow-up search.

Ridgeway Road was closed from the Hollinsend Road junction to Manor Top, with trams in the area suspended but the road has now re-opened.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated and residents were unable to enter their homes, with an evacuation centre set up in the centre of Sheffield.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Emergency services, including the military have carried out a controlled explosion at an address on Ridgehill Avenue, Intake, Sheffield.

“Police had previously found chemicals at the address and the controlled explosion took place to safely dispose of these substances from the property.

“Earlier this morning a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precautionary measure, as the public’s safety is paramount to officers.

“A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to produce class A drugs, he has subsequently been arrested under the explosives act.

She added: “Police would like to thank local residents for their patience.

“An evacuation centre has been organised at the United Reform Church on Norfolk Street for those affected.

“Emergency services are expected to be at the property until late this afternoon before residents can return to their homes.”

Police vans, ambulances and a bomb disposal squad from the Royal Logistics Corps were today at the scene, as well as firefighters.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said three crews had been called out from Central and Mansfield Road stations, along with a Command Support Unit.

“We’ve still got crews there in a standby capacity,” he said.

“Our officers have got expertise and training in dealing with hazardous substances, so that’s what we will be there for.”

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