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Police confirm package found in Bideford not dangerous

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Devon and Cornwall Police say a device found in a Bideford charity shop is not dangerous.

Emergency Services had been called to the scene and a 100m cordon was put in place on Mill Street.

Police say the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit attended the scene and confirmed the device is not dangerous.

The device has now been disposed of and cordons have been lifted.

No member of the public was put at risk. Plans were put in place as a precaution and the residents were returned home as soon as possible.

We would like to thank the MOD for their assistance and the public for their patience whilst we established what we were dealing with.

– Supt Toby Davies, Devon and Cornwall Police

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Bideford road closed by police after reports of a suspicious device

Police have put in place a 100m cordon. Credit: PA

Devon and Cornwall police say they have closed off a road in Bideford after receiving reports of a suspicious device.

Police say the device was found in a charity shop on Mill Lane.

Emergency services are currently at the scene and a 100m cordon has been put in place.

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A device discovered in what is believed to be a book has caused some concern and as a precaution we have evacuated around thirty adjoining shops and properties in the area.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit will be in attendance shortly to make the device safe and confirm whether or not this is viable.

– Supt Toby Davies, Devon and Cornwall Police

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Man dies after being found unconscious with head injuries

A man has died after he was found unconscious on a Devon road.

Police were called after the man was discovered in the middle of the road on Pitt Lane in Bideford just after 6am on Christmas Eve.

The 64-year-old sustained head injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital in a critical condition.

It's unknown how he was injured.

Sadly, the man died at Derriford on Boxing Day.

His next of kin have been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner.

Police are currently treating this death as unexplained and are appealing for witnesses.

They're keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Pitt Lane in the early hours of Saturday 24th of December, and saw anything.

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