A man has been charged in connection with an alleged bomb hoax after a "suspicious item" was found in Darlington.
Part of Neasham Road was cordoned off on Tuesday afternoon after police were called to reports of a suspicious item.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists destroyed the item as a precaution before examining it and confirming it to pose no threat.
A 23-year-old man from Darlington has now been charged with placing an article with intent to cause a bomb hoax.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on Thursday 26 October.
The incident happened at about 3:50pm on 24 October and a police cordon was in place for several hours.
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