Explosions Carried Out On Suspicious Car

A bomb disposal team has carried out a number of controlled explosions on a suspicious car in a Bristol street.

Police were called to the scene in Cassell Road, in the Fishponds area of the city, around 4am.

Officers found the car smelt strongly of fuel.

A 200-metre cordon was set-up following the alert.

Around 460 homes have been evacuated with many residents being moved to a rest centre set-up at a nearby school.

Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement: “The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the scene and carried out several controlled explosions on the vehicle.

“This is a normal operational response to incidents of this nature.”

ChiefSuperintendentGeoff Spicer said: “I am very grateful to residents for their continued co-operation and patience.

“Public safety is a priority for us and the exclusion area was set-up as a necessary precaution.

“We will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident now the controlled explosions have taken place.

“At this stage we believe this is an isolated incident and could be linked to an ongoing dispute and we are progressing with lines of enquiry.

“The exclusion zone is likely to remain in place until at least 2pm today, so I would advise people to avoid the area, as there are road closures in place.”

31 May 2014 | 11:30 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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