Police are investigating a suspcious device that was found in the back garden of a house in Torquay. Residents were evacuated after a bomb disposal team was called to Falloway Close this afternoon - tonight the cordon has been lifted. Tamsin Eames reports.
A number of homes have been evacuated after Police were called to investigate a suspicious device found in the back garden of a house in Torquay.
People were told to stay away from the Falloway Close area around lunchtime today, and a bomb disposal team was called.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Police are concerned about the safety of a woman from Brixham who is missing. 25 year old Sally Gould has not been seen at about 8.45 am on Monday. She went missing from her home address and was last seen in King Street, possibly heading towards the town or coast path.
Sergeant Mark Ruston, Police Search Advisor with Devon and Cornwall Police said, "We are extremely concerned about Sally’s welfare. At this time we cannot ascertain if Sally has found somewhere warm to seek shelter or if she has come to some harm.
Brixham Coastguard have also been involved in the search. Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall police.
Police say the public may have been seen her wearing cream coloured pyjamas, or she may have changed into grey tracksuit bottoms, grey hooded top, plimsolls and will be carrying a grey duffle bag.
Police say a disabled woman from Plymouth has been left without transport following an arson attack on her car. The Motability car was destroyed in the attack outside her home on Taunton Avenue in Whitleigh.
The car, described as her 'lifeline'. was destroyed in the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Two men were seen covering it in petrol and setting light to it. Police are appealing for anyone who may know anything to get in touch. They are now stepping up patrols in the area.
The suspects are described as, a white male of chunky build with a round belly, wearing a dark tracksuit with a baseball cap underneath the hood of the tracksuit. The second suspect is described as a white male, of slim build with a black hood over his head and a matching tracksuit top and bottoms.
Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign. Since it started on Dec 1, a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.
This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.