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Man arrested under explosive substances act

Update, 12pm, 8 July

The man arrested has been released under investigation.

Update, 8 July

The EOD removed the device from the property last night and carried out a controlled explosion at a safe location.  Residents were able to return to their homes at 9.30pm last night. Our sincere thanks go out to those affected, Boston Borough Council for their efforts to find alternative accommodation should it have been needed and the Tollfield Road campus of the Haven High School who provided our officers with refreshments throughout the day. A real team effort - thank you Boston!

The man arrested is still in police custody. 

Update as of 3pm

14 homes have been evacuated as a precaution and we and the EOD are working hard so people can return to their homes as soon as possible.  We’d like to thank these residents for being exceptionally understanding.

Original release:

A man has been arrested in Margaret Drive in Boston this morning following an intelligence-led warrant.

Superintendent Steve Knubley said:

"Detectives carried out a search warrant at a property this morning at 8am following information that potentially explosive compounds could be at the address.

“On searching the address, Detectives discovered what is believed to be an improvised explosive device.  Further investigation is required, but we are not treating the incident as terrorism related at this time.

“A 65-year-old man has been arrested under Section 4 of the Explosive Substance Act 1883 and has been taken into custody.

“We are now working with Explosive Ordnance Disposal to safely remove the device from the property.

“This work may require some local residents to vacate their properties as a precaution so we do apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Reference: Incident 147 of 7/7/20

09 Jul 20 8:55 AM

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