Barnsley police evacuate 50 homes and bomb squad called after 'suspicious' items found at house

POLICE have evacuated 50 homes and called the bomb squad in after "suspicious" items were found at a Barnsley house today.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested by South Yorkshire Police, with the Army EOD team still on the scene.

The bomb disposal team raced to Coronation Avenue in Grimethorpe, after dozens of homes were evacuated.

Residents fear they won't be able to get home and may have to spend the night elsewhere.

Barnsley Council has arranged an evacuation centre for those affected, with social distancing stuck to.

One person told the Mirror: "I think someone has been making bombs. They have the Army and everything here.

"They moved us out and said it could be hours before we're allowed back home."

Another resident said: "Especially for the older people who can’t leave their properties during this time and being made to leave it can be quite uncomfortable for some folk."

A police statement said: "Members of the public are urged to stay away from the scene to keep the area clear for the police and our emergency services colleagues to carry out our work.

"Further updates will be issued when available."

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