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Incident in Hayes Close Wimborne

Alert message sent 12/02/2019 14:54:00

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Dorset Police was called at 3.15am today, Tuesday 12 February 2019, to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man at an address at Hayes Close in Wimborne.

Officers attended and discovered the property contained unknown chemical substances and suspicious items.

We are working closely with colleagues from the Army’s bomb disposal team to carry out a thorough search of the property.

As a precaution, and to ensure the safety of residents and members of the public, a cordon has been set up on Hayes Lane, at the junction of Wimborne Road.

Properties in Hayes Close have been temporarily evacuated to allow a search to be carried out. This is expected to take some time.

The local authority has set up a rest centre at the Allendale Centre, on Hanham Road, and the Salvation Army on Church Street for any displaced residents.

We are continually reviewing the need to maintain the cordons as we appreciate the disruption for local residents; we are grateful for people’s patience and understanding.

A 59-year-old man was detained and taken to Poole Hospital for a welfare assessment and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of an offence under the explosive substances act.

At this stage, we are *NOT* treating this as a terrorist incident.

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are in the area and can be contacted with any concerns.  Thank you, Sgt Tim Travers


Updated: 12/02/2019 by Tim Travers (Dorset Police, Sgt 760, East Dorset)
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