Specialist police teams search Hampshire home

Daily Echo: Specialist police teams search Hampshire home Specialist police teams search Hampshire home

A HAMPSHIRE home remained at the centre of a major police investigation today.

Specialist search teams stayed late into the night at the house in Totton, which was sealed off as uniformed officers stood guard.

This morning police remained at the scene with a police van parked outside and officers continuing inquiries inside the property.

Mystery still surrounds the on-going investigation and last night there was great speculation among concerned residents about what had gone on in the house.

Daily Echo:

But police remained tight-lipped over the investigation and refused to release further details.

Rose Road residents woke up to a quieter scene but continue to be perplexed over what is going on.

But some said police had been active through the night, including towing a car from outside the house.

CID were on the scene this morning too, and examined the shed first before moving into the house.

They spent more than half an hour on site and left at around 10.25am.

One woman, who lives in nearby Fisher's Road, said: "We could see lights in that garden from our house until 11pm but I've still no clue what's happened. No one's told us anything."

Cherie Bancroft, below, 47, of Rose Road, said: "We came out a few times last night but no one would tell us what was going on which was a concern.

"Most of them cleared off around 11pm but when I got up this morning I could see all these bright lights coming out of the back garden. I wish someone would tell us what's happening."

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Another neighbour, who lives very near the sealed off house, added: "No one from the police has even knocked on my door to tell me anything. I haven't got a clue what they are doing."

Another neighbour said: "I saw a car get towed from outside the house last night but it seems to have died down for now."

Police on the scene are still not commenting but officers said they would remain on site for "some period of time".

Hampshire police were first called to the address in Rose Road at just after 2pm yesterday in response to reports of a breach of the peace.

A spokesman for the force confirmed that a man had been arrested at the scene.

However, following initial inquiries a search of the property was launched and the suspect was subsequently arrested for further offences – the details of which Hampshire police would not reveal.

Daily Echo:

While he was taken into custody, specialist search teams were called to the home to begin the search.

A spokesman for Hampshire police confirmed an occupant of the property was arrested after officers dealt with a breach of the peace incident.

The spokesman added that there was no risk to any properties in the surrounding area, no injuries had been reported and that no weapons had been recovered as of yesterday evening.

Daily Echo:

However forensic officers were called in just after 5pm yesterday evening while officers wearing harnesses were seen entering the four-bedroom house.

Search teams were also seen examining a shed, with plastic sheeting over the entrance, at the back of the garden of the property which backs on to Rushington Road.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that they had a specialist search team at the scene after being called by police at 2.26pm to help.

Daily Echo:

Crime scene investigators were seen bringing out cardboard boxes from the rear of the property and a gas engineer was called to the property at 6.30pm.

There was still a heavy police presence around the house and in the nearby area as the Daily Echo went to press.

Residents living in the community spoke of their bewilderment at the nature of the search.

One resident who lives on the road said: “The police have been here since I picked my daughter up from school.

Daily Echo:

“We have been told it is nothing dangerous but we have seen officers coming out holding evidence bags and there have been plenty of rumours.”

Another resident said: “I have tried to look around the property but there are police all round it.

“Clearly there is something pretty major they are looking for.

“I don’t know who lives there but I know there has been some building work going on recently.”

Another resident said they had heard the police were planning to dig up the garden as vans and police officers were stood guard around the entire property.

Daily Echo: A vehicle is removed from the scene

Another Fisher's Road resident, who has lived there for around 37 years, said: "It's concerning really because of Eling Infant School which is only down the road.

"Normally it's quite a quiet area; very quiet and we never have many problems. It was quite a surprise."

Meanwhile policemen took on an extra job when they collected post for the property at around 10.40am.

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8:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

solomum says...

This must be very frightening for the neighbours, but quite rightly, the police will not release any information until they know exactly what they are looking for. Speculation is already rife as to what is going on. Thoughts are with the police as they deal with this.
This must be very frightening for the neighbours, but quite rightly, the police will not release any information until they know exactly what they are looking for. Speculation is already rife as to what is going on. Thoughts are with the police as they deal with this. solomum
  • Score: 9

9:49am Fri 31 Jan 14

Brite Spark says...

If the police don't know what they're looking for what's the point of being there?
If the police don't know what they're looking for what's the point of being there? Brite Spark
  • Score: -13

10:33am Fri 31 Jan 14

southy says...

Police, Fire service and a Gas engineer
Police, Fire service and a Gas engineer southy
  • Score: -3

11:25am Fri 31 Jan 14

boilerman says...

We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us.
When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police.
After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about.
We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area.
When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them.
We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us. When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police. After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about. We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area. When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them. boilerman
  • Score: 3

11:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

whaaat? says...

Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.
Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm. whaaat?
  • Score: -3

11:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

cliffwalker says...

whaaat? wrote:
Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.
Or bomb factory or murder scene or............
[quote][p][bold]whaaat?[/bold] wrote: Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.[/p][/quote]Or bomb factory or murder scene or............ cliffwalker
  • Score: 2

11:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

fishman mart says...

Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.
Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release. fishman mart
  • Score: 5

11:49am Fri 31 Jan 14

loonaloop says...

The way the police work nowadays the bloke prob forgot to pay a speeding camera fine on time.
The way the police work nowadays the bloke prob forgot to pay a speeding camera fine on time. loonaloop
  • Score: 3

12:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

S Pance says...

boilerman wrote:
We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us.
When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police.
After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about.
We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area.
When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them.
It could very much be the case that to tell you anything would jeopardise their operation.

Need to know basis only and you don't need to know. You are just being nosey at the end of the day.

The Police will tell you anything you need to know when they are good and ready.
[quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us. When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police. After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about. We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area. When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them.[/p][/quote]It could very much be the case that to tell you anything would jeopardise their operation. Need to know basis only and you don't need to know. You are just being nosey at the end of the day. The Police will tell you anything you need to know when they are good and ready. S Pance
  • Score: 14

12:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

southy says...

cliffwalker wrote:
whaaat? wrote:
Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.
Or bomb factory or murder scene or............
the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whaaat?[/bold] wrote: Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.[/p][/quote]Or bomb factory or murder scene or............[/p][/quote]the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas. southy
  • Score: -2

1:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

voice of freedom says...

meth lab or murder
meth lab or murder voice of freedom
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whufan says...

southy wrote:
cliffwalker wrote:
whaaat? wrote:
Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.
Or bomb factory or murder scene or............
the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas.
It's all starting to make sense now, a fancy dress party.

I'll see if I've still got my naughty nurse outfit, - bit of lippy, do my hair, trim the beard and I'm there. Should I take a bottle?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whaaat?[/bold] wrote: Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.[/p][/quote]Or bomb factory or murder scene or............[/p][/quote]the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas.[/p][/quote]It's all starting to make sense now, a fancy dress party. I'll see if I've still got my naughty nurse outfit, - bit of lippy, do my hair, trim the beard and I'm there. Should I take a bottle? whufan
  • Score: 8

1:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

fishman mart wrote:
Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.
Why?
[quote][p][bold]fishman mart[/bold] wrote: Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.[/p][/quote]Why? gilbertratchet
  • Score: 5

1:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

southy wrote:
cliffwalker wrote:
whaaat? wrote:
Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.
Or bomb factory or murder scene or............
the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas.
Village People reformed?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whaaat?[/bold] wrote: Obviously a meth lab or cannabis farm.[/p][/quote]Or bomb factory or murder scene or............[/p][/quote]the clue is who turned up Police, Fire and Gas.[/p][/quote]Village People reformed? gilbertratchet
  • Score: 12

1:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

fishman mart says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
fishman mart wrote:
Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.
Why?
Because take a minute to think about people and familys involved before you start jump to concludes and make up silly theory
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fishman mart[/bold] wrote: Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.[/p][/quote]Why?[/p][/quote]Because take a minute to think about people and familys involved before you start jump to concludes and make up silly theory fishman mart
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Fri 31 Jan 14

boilerman says...

S Pance wrote:
boilerman wrote:
We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us.
When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police.
After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about.
We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area.
When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them.
It could very much be the case that to tell you anything would jeopardise their operation.

Need to know basis only and you don't need to know. You are just being nosey at the end of the day.

The Police will tell you anything you need to know when they are good and ready.
The police had no idea where these guy's were, they could have still been in the area , we should have been warned of the fact that two armed men were on the loose.
If that is being nosey then yes you are right and I would be nosey again.
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: We had a similar incident about a year ago when armed men forced their way into a house near us. When I returned home not long after it had happened the place was full of police. After a while I went to ask the police what was going on, at first they ignored me but when I asked again they told me there was nothing to worry about. We then found out there were potentially two armed men in the area. When police do not communicate with people and treat us almost with contempt when we ask for information, it does nothing for their reputation or the way people perceive them.[/p][/quote]It could very much be the case that to tell you anything would jeopardise their operation. Need to know basis only and you don't need to know. You are just being nosey at the end of the day. The Police will tell you anything you need to know when they are good and ready.[/p][/quote]The police had no idea where these guy's were, they could have still been in the area , we should have been warned of the fact that two armed men were on the loose. If that is being nosey then yes you are right and I would be nosey again. boilerman
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

fishman mart wrote:
gilbertratchet wrote:
fishman mart wrote:
Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.
Why?
Because take a minute to think about people and familys involved before you start jump to concludes and make up silly theory
Why? What harm can possibly come from a bit of idle gossip that only a handful of people are ever going to read anyway?
[quote][p][bold]fishman mart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fishman mart[/bold] wrote: Everyone should stop speculating and just Wait for police to give a press release.[/p][/quote]Why?[/p][/quote]Because take a minute to think about people and familys involved before you start jump to concludes and make up silly theory[/p][/quote]Why? What harm can possibly come from a bit of idle gossip that only a handful of people are ever going to read anyway? gilbertratchet
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bowwhite says...

Stop being so nosey and let the police get on with their job, they will soon tell you when its come to a conclusion
Stop being so nosey and let the police get on with their job, they will soon tell you when its come to a conclusion bowwhite
  • Score: -1

2:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IronLady2010 says...

It's all ok, Hampshire Police have made a statement!
It's all ok, Hampshire Police have made a statement! IronLady2010
  • Score: -5

2:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
It's all ok, Hampshire Police have made a statement!
Give the Echo a few days and they'll report on it ;-)
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's all ok, Hampshire Police have made a statement![/p][/quote]Give the Echo a few days and they'll report on it ;-) IronLady2010
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

IronLady2010 says...

Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace.
On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody.
Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space.
We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time.
A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed.
The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here.
A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.
Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace. On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody. Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space. We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time. A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed. The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here. A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality. IronLady2010
  • Score: -1

3:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stag666 says...

Was there any particular reason for all the secrecy?
Still, kept a lot of locals guessing for a day!!
Was there any particular reason for all the secrecy? Still, kept a lot of locals guessing for a day!! stag666
  • Score: -3

3:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

solomum says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace.
On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody.
Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space.
We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time.
A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed.
The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here.
A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.
Thanks Ironlady2010. Long time no hear from you. Good to see you back
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace. On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody. Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space. We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time. A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed. The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here. A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.[/p][/quote]Thanks Ironlady2010. Long time no hear from you. Good to see you back solomum
  • Score: -1

1:14pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace.
On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody.
Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space.
We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time.
A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed.
The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here.
A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.
A simple link would have been sufficient
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace. On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody. Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space. We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time. A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed. The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here. A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.[/p][/quote]A simple link would have been sufficient Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Dr Martin wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace.
On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody.
Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space.
We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time.
A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed.
The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here.
A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.
A simple link would have been sufficient
Except that many, like me, will not use the links provided. More trouble than it's worth.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Police attended a house in Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am yesterday, following reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police identified the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace. On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody. Part of the property the police are searching is a cellar that has very restricted access. For health and safety reasons, it has been necessary for the police to call on specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure all personnel are safe while conducting a forensic search of such a confined space. We have reassured residents that there is no need for them to be alarmed. No-one has been harmed and there is no information or suspicion that anyone is a threat to the local community or the public at this time. A number of items have been seized, which are being examined by the police to see what, if any, offences have been committed. The search has been made difficult and time consuming due to the layout of the property. We understand that such a large number of police officers and vehicles can lead people to assume there is a serious, ongoing incident taking place, but that is not the case here. A man remains in custody and our investigation is ongoing so we cannot discuss further details at this stage. We would like to reassure residents that we will work to complete this search as swiftly as possible and return their road to normality.[/p][/quote]A simple link would have been sufficient[/p][/quote]Except that many, like me, will not use the links provided. More trouble than it's worth. Inform Al
  • Score: -1

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