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Man responsible for Exeter bomb scare left packages "innocently"

A bomb disposal squad examined the packages yesterday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have found the man responsible for a bomb scare which brought Exeter to a standstill yesterday.

He is described by police as a "local hoarder", who left the two suitcases containing wires and electronics in York Road and King William Street "completely innocently".

The nearby primary school and the surrounding area were closed for around seven hours, with hundreds of homes evacuated, while a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad examined the devices.

Hundreds of homes in Exeter were evacuated yesterday. Credit: ITV News

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Police say suitcases found in Exeter were not explosive devices

One of the suitcases was found on railings in York Road outside a school Credit: ITV News

Police have confirmed that two suitcases found in Exeter containing wires and electronics were not explosive devices.

But they're still being classed as suspicious devices and an urgent investigation is underway as to why they were left in York Rd outside a school and in King William Street.

An air cannon was used to open one of the suitcases which caused a large boom sound but was not a controlled explosion.

Princess Anne visits residents of North Prospect in Plymouth

Princess Anne has been meeting long time residents of North Prospect Credit: ITV News

Princess Anne was in Plymouth today for a tea party in North Prospect.

The Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Beacon community hub to mark its official opening and celebrate the regeneration of the area.

She met long time residents, including a woman who appeared in a photo with Princess Anne's grandfather King George VI. Gladys Tapper is now 87.

Gladys Tapper (seen here on the right) met King George VI more than eighty years ago Credit: ITV News
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