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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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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 in Torquay

Police in Torquay have closed off a section of the town following the discovery of an unexplained device in the garden of a house.

Police have set up a 100 metre cordon in the area of Falloway Close. The cordon includes Happaway Road and extends as far as, but not including Barton Road.

The Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are en route to assess the situation.

World War II bomb destroyed by Plymouth divers

plume of spray
This 200 feet high plume of spray was created when the World War II bomb was destroyed Credit: ITV News

Royal Navy divers from Plymouth created a 200 feet high plume of spray clearing a busy shipping lane of a large World War II bomb. The two-metre-long mine was discovered by civilian divers off the South Wales coast and could have been a major hazard to shipping.

A cordon was set up yesterday evening to ensure that the detonation went ahead safely.

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