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'Potentially volatile substance' forces evacuation in Newhall

Up to 200 people have been evacuated from their homes in Derbyshire after a "potentially volatile substance" was found in a flat.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested.

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Evacuated residents allowed to return home

People evacuated after suspected explosives were found at a flat in Derbyshire have started to return home.

A 100-metre cordon was put in place around the flat in Belvoir Crescent, Newhall, after neighbours reported homemade fireworks were being produced.

Supt Paul Callum said everybody who had been evacuated, aside from the three immediate neighbours, was now able to go home.

We are content that there is no longer any potential danger to residents in the area.

I would like to thank local residents for their patience and co-operation.

Their safety was paramount, which is why we asked them to leave their homes last night.

– Supt Paul Callum, Derbyshire Police

A series of controlled explosions was carried out on material found in the flat.

A 55-year-old man was arrested yesterday and is still in police custody.

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