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Police cordon lifted in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Police have lifted a 200-metre cordon around Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham, after two men were arrested under suspicion of terrorism offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry said:

“We know that this announcement will come as a huge relief to all of the families that haven’t been able to access their homes over the last couple of days, meaning residents who live within that area can now return home.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the community during what had to be a methodical and thorough search of the area for the safety of local residents.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the area. A 25 metre cordon will remain in place around the garage.


Homes evacuated in Cheltenham

More than 100 homes remain evacuated in Cheltenham after two men were arrested under suspicion of terrorism offences. Police have erected a 200 metre cordon around a garage in Buttermere Close following the discovering of an item "requiring further investigation."

At the moment we unfortunately are not able to say when we will be able to lift the cordon

It remains in place for the public's safety and we have seen that it is justified by the results of the search thus far.

However we will endeavour to return the area to normality as soon as practicable when we can ensure there is no risk of harm to local residents."

– Richard Berry, Assistant chief constable of Gloucestershire police

'Controlled explosions' in Cheltenham

Buttermere close has been cordoned off since yesterday. Residents have not been told when they can return to their homes. Credit: ITV News

There are reports of a series of controlled explosions in Cheltenham after police evacuated more than 100 homes after finding a suspect device in a garage in Buttermere Close.

Police have rearrested two men for suspected terrorist offences.

Two men rearrested on terrorism charges

100 residents in Buttermere Close, Cheltenham, have been evacuated from their homes. Credit: ITV News

Two men arrested in Cheltenham yesterday, have both been rearrested on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of a terrorist act.

It follows an examination of the items found in a garage in Buttermere Close in the Hatherley area of Cheltenham.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has now taken over the investigation.

The 52-year-old man and 31-year-old-man are both from Cheltenham. They remain in police custody.

For more on this story go to ITV West

Evacuated Cheltenham homes remain cordoned off

Gloucestershire Police say it is highly unlikely families evacuated from their homes in Up Hatherley in Cheltenham will be able to return tonight.

A 200m police cordon was setup on Friday around a garage in Buttermere Close whilst an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team search the building.

We sincerely apologise to all of those affected by today’s events. We know these are difficult circumstances but we ask for their patience and support.

This is a painstaking and methodical process in which everyone's safety is absolutely paramount. For this reason the specialist searches that are being carried out cannot be rushed.

Unfortunately this means that we are now almost certain we won’t be able to clear the cordon this evening to allow people back into their homes.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry

Earlier a 52 year old and a 31 year old man were arrested during a planned police operation looking into the potential misues of explosives.


50 houses evacuated in Cheltenham after two men arrested under Explosive Substances Act

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Fifty houses have been evacuated in Cheltenham after two man were arrested under the Explosives Substances Act.

A 52-year-old man was arrested as part of a planned policing operation. A 24-year-old man has also been arrested.

Officers have put in place a 100 metre cordon around a garage and nearby residents are being evacuated to a local community.

Gloucestershire Police has confirmed it is unrelated to an explosion at a house in the town last night.

For more on this story go to ITV West.

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