alert in Burnham-On-Sea is not terrorism related, say police
man has been arrested and an area around a home in Burnham-On-Sea
was evacuated today (Friday) after police executed a search warrant
under the Explosives Act.
set up a 100-metre cordon around a property in Beatty Way following
the raid at 7.45am, as pictured here.
have evacuated 17 people from around the house but confirmed the
incident is not terrorism related.
Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley, from Avon and Somerset Police,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As a result of some information
we received, we obtained a warrant under the Explosives Act and
attended an address in Beatty Way."
"A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody.
As is normal practice, the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) were
alerted and called out to the scene and we await the outcome of
"Based on their initial advice, a 100-metre cordon was set
up around the end terrace house. EoD officers then began a detailed
search of the property, garden and outbuildings."
a precautionary measure we have evacuated homes within the cordon.
Some 17 people so far have been taken to a nearby rest centre.
We are determined to do everything we possibly can to minimise
the disruption to people's daily lives and will return people
back to their homes as soon as possible."
"I'm sure local residents will understand and I'd like to
thank them for their patience and co-operation."
"We have been working closely with various partner agencies
and organisations in response to this incident, and are grateful
for their assistance."
"We will, of course, be observing our obligations under
the Contempt of Court Act, and will therefore not be naming or
confirming the identity of the individual we arrested today."
Army spokesman confirmed a bomb disposal team from Ashchurch in
Gloucestershire had been called to the scene to support the police.