Homes evacuated after bomb squad called in to investigate ‘suspicious item’ in Cumbria

Homes have been evacuated as a bomb disposal squad investigates a “suspicious item” found in a house in north-west England.

Cumbria Police declared a “major incident” after they discovered the item on Wednesday afternoon following concerns for the welfare of an individual in Steel Street, Ulverston.

A 46-year-old man was arrested and is being held in custody.

A number of residents were told to leave their homes, a 100 metre cordon was put in place and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to assess a “potential electrical issue”.

Chief Superintendent Mick Bird said: “A major incident has been declared to coordinate the activity of numerous agencies in providing a comprehensive response to support residents who have been evacuated from their homes this evening.

“An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is ongoing with their assessment, which may last a number of hours.

“The priority of this response is to ensure the safety of all residents. As soon as it is deemed safe to do so, residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

“I would like to thank once again those impacted by this evacuation for their continued patience.”

Westmorland & Furness Council has opened a reception centre at Ulverston Leisure Centre for those who have been evacuated and require accommodation.

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