'Bomb' was handed in to Risca police officers
Updated 5:46pm Tuesday 4th March 2014 in News
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- Member of public handed device in to Risca police officers 'yesterday' say police
- Cordon lifted from centre of Risca
- Controlled explosion carried out in Risca
- Robot used by bomb squad to destroy device
- Large area was cordoned off
A spokesman for Gwent Police confirmed that the incident yesterday afternoon was related to today's bomb alert.
He said: "The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) attended yesterday afternoon to assess the situation. Following a thorough investigation of the device the EOD decided to conduct a small controlled explosion.
"Where possible this kind of procedure is always undertaken in daylight hours hence delay in action being taken."
The spokesman said that by the time the investigation was completed yesterday, darkness had fallen.
Picture from reader Harry Leigh of the bomb disposal operation today:
Picture from reader Callum Evans of the bomb disposal operation today:
Chris Powell, 42, of Howard’s Butchers in Risca, said: “It was bedlam for us – absolute chaos. My father had to go onto the road to direct the traffic. At one point, there were five or six cars doing three-point turns at the same time, beeping and all.
“It wasn’t panic at all, it was quite the opposite actually. Some people were annoyed that they couldn’t get through but at the end of the day safety comes first.”
His father, Howard Powell, was stood on the zebra crossing on Commercial Street for about an hour and a half, with the help of resident Sally Davies, before traffic eventually cleared.
Howard Powell said: “It felt like I was there for a while, it was a bit manic. I turned a lot of buses around.”
Bomb alert in Risca. Pics from Bob Collins
Police cordon in Risca. Pics from Chris Powell
Howard the Butcher directing traffic in Risca this morning
Gwyn Lloyd, 38, from Bassaleg said he was driving up to Risca Rugby Club at about 9.15am and he noticed a heavy police presence which he said was "unusual".
He added the police were "all along the high street in groups of two and three".
He said as he turned into Risca Rugby Club there were three ambulances in the car park "just on standby by the look of things".
“As I was driving home I saw a bomb disposal van driving round the back of Risca Park and there were loads of people gathered round watching. It’s not something you see every day in Risca.”
Gwent Police said the alert was raised this morning after a "suspicious item" was handed in by a member of the public to officers based at Risca Police Station.
A spokeswoman said bomb disposal officers were then called to make an assessment.
The cordon has now been lifted through the centre of Risca.
Eyewitness said this was known about yesterday afternoon and wanted to know why they weren't notified until this morning.
An evacuated resident from Commercial St said: "they gave us ten minutes to get out of the house"— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) March 4, 2014
Officer on scene says all houses within 100m cordon have been evacuated - cordon will be in place for at least another 20 minutes— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) March 4, 2014
Eyewitness Bob Collins, from Risca “said the Police had blocked the road off from the Commercial Pub in Pontymister to the top of Risca Road. He added: "There’s at least two bomb disposal vans in Park Place and there are several Policemen around blocking the road.
“Everyone is out of their houses and out of the shops watching what’s going on but we can’t see much. It’s a bit of drama that you don’t normally get round here.”
In Risca one resident said bomb disposal went in 20mins ago- saw small robot and heard thud of controlled explosion nr Police station— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) March 4, 2014
Roadblock near Lidl, large traffic queues in area
An eyewitness said a controlled explosion was carried out 20 minutes ago and a bomb disposal team is on site with a robot.
An eyewtiness said police started house-to-house at 9.30 this morning. He said shops and the library in Risca have all been cordoned off and it was "like a ghost town this morning".
Fleet of ambulances parked in Lidl car park. The cordon is between the corner of Brooklands Road and Commercial Street and Dan-y-Graig Road and Tredegar Street in Risca.
Location of bomb alert in Risca:
A bomb disposal team and fleet of ambulances is reported to have arrived on the corner of Station Road and Tredegar Street in Risca.
Reports are coming in of a bomb scare in Risca with premises being evacuated.
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