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Two men released on bail following explosives incident in Worle

Police searching near the scene in Worle in North Somerset. Credit: ITV West Country

Two men who were arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion following an incident in Worle on Tuesday morning, 15 May, have been released on bail.

Police say the men, aged 20 and 21, have been bailed to allow the force time to carry out further enquiries and to liaise with the Crown Prosecution Service

We would like to reiterate there is no ongoing risk to the public. We have made this assessment following an in-depth review of the circumstances and evidence.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson

A device was recovered by the army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD) yesterday, Tuesday 14 May, in a lane at Appletree Court in Worle. Officers believe the device was responsible for loud bangs heard by residents early yesterday morning who then raised the alarm.

Police say the device was made safe and no others were found or are suspected to exist. They say there is no risk to the wider public and the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.

The army's bomb disposal unit have found a device believed to be responsible for the loud bangs. Credit: ITV West Country

The Royal Engineers Search Team have now completed searches at two homes in Appletree Court, Worle and Forth Avenue in Portishead. Police officers were completing these searches today.

We’d like to reiterate our thanks to the public for their support through yesterday’s disruption.

The cordons are now confined to the two properties to allow for police-led searches to take place, so the impact on the wider public should be minimal.

We’d also like to thank all the agencies who’ve supported our investigation, including the EOD which provided specialist skills and expertise.

– Det Insp Rich Horsfall, Avon and Somerset Police