Homes evacuated after hazardous chemicals found in Bridlington

The scene has been cordoned off as investigation are underway Credit: Google Maps

An entire street had to be evacuated after hazardous chemicals were found at an address in Bridlington on Tuesday morning (11 April).

As part of a pre-planned operation police raided an address on Oxford Street following reports that controlled substances were being stored there.

Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes within the evacuation zone after police confirmed any potential explosive risks have been mitigated following an assessment by specialist EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) officers.

An emergency shelter has been set up for residents

Specialist officers, along with Humberside Fire and Rescue and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have been at the scene throughout the day, and a cordon remains in place.

Homes were evacuated throughout the day as a "precautionary measure."

Chief Supt. Christine Wilson said: "I’d like to thank members of the community who temporarily evacuated their homes while we assessed the risks following a pre-planned operation on Oxford Street, Bridlington, earlier today.

"Following the arrival of specialist officers, we have been able to confirm that the chemicals, while hazardous to those that handle them, pose no explosive risk to residents.

"While the risk to residents has been mitigated, the property is still a live crime scene, and as such a scene guard will be in place overnight.

"Our officers will return to the property tomorrow to continue with the examination of and subsequent safe removal of the chemicals. A 61-year-old man remains in our custody and is assisting us with our investigation. I’d like to thank all partners who played a part in today’s pre-planned operation, the residents for being so understanding, and the Bridlington Spa for providing temporary shelter this afternoon.

"I’d also like to take this opportunity to reassure residents that incidents of this nature are extremely rare. Should anyone have any concerns about today’s events, we’d encourage you to speak to a police officer. Our dedicated neighbourhood staff will be back in your communities tomorrow to listen to concerns and to answer any questions." 

A temporary shelter based at Bridlington Spa was set up to provide basic accommodation for those affected.

A 61-year-old man has been arrested as part of the operation and is assisting police with enquiries. He remains in custody.

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