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.

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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