Bomb disposal team sent in as South Yorkshire residents are evacuated over 'suspicious items' found during warrant

Around 50 homes have been evacuated in Grimethorpe after police found “suspicious items” during the search of a property.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 7:34 am

Bomb disposal experts from the Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team are currently at the scene after the items were found at a house on Coronation Avenue at 12.11pm today (Friday, 12 June).

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police said a 100-metre cordon is in place on Coronation Avenue and neighbouring Queens Road. Barnsley Council has arranged an evacuation centre for those affected, where social distancing will be facilitated.

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Coronation Avenue and Queens Road in Grimesthorpe are both cordoned off, with residents evacuated.

Members of the public are urged to stay away from the scene and police said they will provide an update ‘when available’.

A Yorkshire Ambulance spokesperson told The Star they were called to the scene at 2.10pm to ‘support’ other emergency services.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Police have recovered suspicious items during a warrant executed at a property on Coronation Avenue in Grimethorpe this afternoon (Friday 12 June) at 12.11pm.

“The Army’s EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) team is currently at the scene.

“A 100m cordon is in place and around 50 homes have been evacuated. Barnsley Council has arranged an evacuation centre for those affected. Social distancing will be facilitated. Coronation Avenue and Queens Road are both closed.

“An investigation is underway and a 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the scene to keep the area clear for the police and our emergency services colleagues to carry out our work.”