Man charged over chemical find

A police incident on Ridgehill Avenue caused road closures and residents to be evacuated from their homes

A police incident on Ridgehill Avenue caused road closures and residents to be evacuated from their homes

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A MAN has been charged on suspicion of possessing an explosive which led to the prolonged evacuation of around 50 houses in Sheffield.

Police said the 34-year-old man is facing charges on two counts of possessing an explosive, after chemicals were found at a property on Ridgehill Avenue, Intake.

They said the substances, discovered on Thursday, were consistent with those used in the production of class A drugs and explosives.

The suspect, who lives on Ridgehill Avenue, has been remanded in custody.

A second man in his 60s arrested in relation to the incident was released on police bail until June, pending further enquiries.

Residents of Ridgehill Avenue were asked to leave their homes on Thursday and then again on Friday, while police searched the property and carried out a controlled explosion.

They were allowed to return to their homes in the early hours of Saturday morning.

For full story and reaction, see The Star on Monday.

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