Man still in custody after Newport armed police raid

INCIDENT: Armed police at the scene

INCIDENT: Armed police at the scene

First published in News

POLICE continue to question a man, after armed officers surrounded a Newport property earlier this week.

The 34-year-year-old man, who remains in custody, was arrested after he went to Newport Central police station on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and the production of cannabis.

On Tuesday afternoon, police shut off the bottom part of Ridgeway Drive creating a cordon around a two-storey house.

Gwent police confirmed they arrived in the quiet residential street to make arrest inquiries after the discovery of an object “which looked like an explosive device.”

Four armed police officers entered the property, after aiming their weapons at the first floor front bedroom.

They were followed by members of the bomb squad and eventually, forensics.

The armed officers searched the land to the rear of the property and a garage to the side of the house.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman confirmed the device found on Ridgeway Drive was “not explosive” and that no cannabis was seized from the address.

Gwent Police said they attended the address as part of an ongoing investigation into cannabis production.

No residents were evacuated and the cordon was lifted just after 4pm.

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