UPDATE: Bomb squad called to Newport street as man arrested
Updated 5:05pm Tuesday 15th April 2014 in Gwent news
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- Bomb squad called after 'explosive device' found
- Armed police and cordon on Ridgeway Drive near Jew's Wood in Newport this afternoon
A police spokeswoman said the man was arrested after he came into Newport Central police station at 2pm.
He is being held on suspicion of production of cannabis not cultivation.
Police attended the address as part of ongoing investigation into cannabis production but no cannabis was seized from the address.
The man remains in custody.
One neighbour says her mother was asked to temporarily leave the next door house by police— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
Police are now coming from the garage of this property on Ridgeway Drive pic.twitter.com/Nvk5OwMlKo— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
The cordon is now coming down on Ridgeway Drive— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
Army bomb disposal team removing an item from the house on Ridgeway Avenue, Newport. Pic by Argus photographer Mark Lewis.
Armed police outside the house on Ridgeway Avenue. Pic by Argus photographer Mark Lewis:
It indeed seems a "nice area": one neighbour inside the cordon has just asked an officer if he'd like a cup of tea pic.twitter.com/b73Oju2JPX— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
Apparently some of the recycling at this end of Ridgeway Drive hasn't been collected, which a resident thinks is due to the cordon— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
Police have just told a resident who asked what was going on that there's "nothing to worry about" and they should be finished "very soon"— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
Picture from reporter Laura Lea of an policeman and search dog at the scene on Ridgeway Drive:
One neighbour said the police presence was "scary" - "It's such a nice area. Not many people actually know who lives in that house"— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
A crime scene investigator has just re-entered the detached house on Ridgeway Drive which is the centre of the police action— Jen Mills (@ArgusJenMills) April 15, 2014
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said that the device found on Ridgeway Drive was "not explosive".
Have visited the scene, talked to residents and the police who have made assurances there is nothing for them to worry about #RidgewayDrive— Matthew Evans (@matthewevansnpt) April 15, 2014
Bomb disposal team have now left property— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) April 15, 2014
Armed police have left the property - 2 members of bomb disposal team have just entered pic.twitter.com/ITHZfikl5m— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) April 15, 2014
Armed police have just entered a property on Ridgeway Drive— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) April 15, 2014
A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended an address in Ridgeway Drive at approximately 11.45am to make arrest inquiries following the discovery of an object which looked like an explosive device.
"A cordon was put in place as a precaution and the Explosive Ordnance Division were contacted. A 34-year-old man from Newport has since been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and the cultivation of cannabis.”
Picture from reporter Laura Lea of an armed policeman standing at bottom of Ridgeway Drive:
Picture from reporter Laura Lea of the scene on Ridgeway Road:
Area of reported incident:
WE'RE getting reports of armed police and a cordon on Ridgeway Drive near Jew's Wood/Coed Melyn Park in Newport this afternoon.
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