Controlled explosion in Peterborough

A controlled explosion is due to take place in Peterborough in the next hour. It's after staff were evacuated from the Perkins engines site on the Frank Perkins Highway because of an unstable chemical. Residents are being advised to stay indoors

Controlled explosion in Peterborough completed

A controlled explosion at an engine factory in Peterborough has been completed.

The operation was carried out due to an "unstable chemical" found at the plant. Police say all safety concerns have been satisfied.

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#Peterborough Update The controlled explosion at Perkins has been completed and there are no longer any safety concerns

Peterborough explosion: risk is "low"

Police are urging residents to stay in doors in Peterborough while a controlled explosion is carried out at an engineering plant.

Staff were evacuated from the Perkins site, which produces engines for use in construction and agriculture machinery, at around 1:30am this morning.

The engineering company called us to tell us they'd found this chemical in an unstable state and that they would like some assistance in dealing with it.

"The risk is very, very low to the general public. Those living in neighbouring streets should stay indoors as a precaution.

"We hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible."

– Inspector Kieran Mylchreest, Cambridgeshire Police

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said a fire engine is on standby at the scene but the service has so far not been involved.

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Controlled explosion to take place at 6:30am

500m cordon in place around the Perkins plant in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Central

Residents are part of Peterborough are being told to stay indoors while a controlled explosion takes place on an unstable chemical.

Staff were evacuated from Perkins on Frank Perkins Highway at 1:30am this morning.

A 500metre has been set up around the site and roads are currently closed.

Police say The chemical does not pose a risk to nearby residents, however people are being advised to stay indoors as a precaution.