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How food parcels have changed over the years

A Red Cross food parcel from World War II. Credit: ITV News West Country

British Red Cross is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and a vital part of the operation is based in the West Country.

The Bristol Emergency Response centre in Warmley has sent out thousands of emergency aid and food parcels over the years.

A modern day food parcel. Credit: ITV News West Country
Children from Wick Primary School finding out how the Red Cross helped during wars. Credit: ITV News West Country

Suspicious device "not being treated as terrorism"

A man arrested in Somerset after the discovery of a suspected explosive device in Warmley in South Gloucestershire has been released on bail.

Police were called to Kenmoor Close on Saturday after suspicious items were found in a shed. 80 homes were evacuated for five hours.

The army detonated one device safely nearby while other items were taken for examination.

I would like to stress that we are not treating this as terrorism. At this stage we do not believe the objects were made with the deliberate intention of causing harm to anyone or anything. However, these objects could have a posed a danger to the local community and I am pleased they have been found and made safe.

Over the past 24 hours we have had good support from the local community and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding when they were evacuated for several hours. These decisions are never taken lightly but are necessary to make sure people are safe.

– Detective Chief Inspector Carolyn Belafonte, Avon & Somerset Police


Residents return to homes after evacuation

The residents of eighty homes had to be moved out to safety as explosives experts was drafted in to blow up what's described as a suspicious item at a house.

Part of Warmley near Bristol was cordoned off. People were told to gather at a nearby supermarket cafe or relocate to the homes of family or friends.

A man's been arrested in Somerset in connection with the incident.

Arrest after controlled explosion of suspicious item

A man has been arrested following a controlled explosion of a suspicious item in Warmley, South Gloucestershire.

About 80 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon while the Army carried out a controlled explosion on the device, which was found at an address in Kennmoor Close, Warmley.

The man was arrested in Somerset and is currently being questioned by police.

Dozens of homes evacuated over 'suspicious device'

Around 80 homes were evacuated after a suspicious device was found at a property in South Gloucestershire.

The Army carried out a controlled explosion on the device, which was found at an address in Kennmoor Close, Warmley.

Avon and Somerset Police said a resident informed them that suspicious items had been found yesterday afternoon.

Residents stayed with local family and friends or went to the cafe at the nearby ASDA supermarket.

The Army carried out a controlled explosion on one of the items in nearby Barrs Court Park, police said.

Police are continuing their investigations on the scene today but they say there is no need for any further evacuation at this stage and residents do not need to worry.