'Unexplained device' found in Torquay

Police have cordoned off part of Torquay after finding an 'unexplained device' in a garden.

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Residents expected to return home in 'the next two hours'

Officers were called for an unrelated matter earlier on today at one of the addresses locally and whilst they were conducting their inquiries they came across some items that have given them some cause for concern as a result of that with safety of the public paramount we've called in expert help to make sure those items are safe and those inquiries are ongoing and in the next two hours we should be able to get people back into their houses."

– Insp Richard McLellan, Devon & Cornwall Police

Burglary arrests sparked investigation in Torquay

Latest picture of scene outside house in Torquay Credit: ITV News West Country

Officers made two arrests today in connection with burglary allegations that sparked today's incident in Torquay. Police discovered what's been described as an unexplained device at the terrace house, while on a separate investigation.

The Royal Navy bomb squad was called to Falloway Close at lunchtime, but since then crime officers and CID have moved in to investigate.

No controlled explosion has been carried out.

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Latest from scene

Police and scenes of crime officers are examining a house where an unexplained device is being investigated by the bomb squad.

Residents of Falloway Close reported hearing air rifles being fired in the garden of the terraced house on Sunday.

Devon & Cornwall police say the device was discovered after officers paid a visit to the property earlier today.

Bomb squad arrive

Our correspondent Seth Conway is at the scene of the 'unexplained device' in the garden of a house in Torquay.

Members of the bomb squad have just arrived at the location.

Bomb squad in Torquay
Members of the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team unload their equipment Credit: ITV West Country