Man arrested after suspicious device found at house in Bitterne Park area of Southampton

Manor Farm Road in Bitterne Park as seen from Riverside Park

Suspicious incident closes city road

Suspicious incident closes city road

Suspicious incident closes city road

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A MAN has been arrested following a bomb drama in residential city street.

Officers cordoned off part of a Southampton community after confirming they are dealing with a supicious device that had been found at a property.

Specialists were on the scene most of the day and put a 100m no-go-zone around a property in Manor Farm Road, in Bitterne Park.

Daily Echo:

A bomb disposal unit was parked outside a house in Dimond Road - which was closed off until around 4pm with cones and two police patrol cars.

Hampshire Police confirmed that they had been called this morning at 9.40am after a resident at the house discovered what they thought to be a suspicious device.

A remote-controlled robot, controlled by Navy personnel and a man in a forensic suit, emerged from an alleyway next to an address in Manor Farm Road.

The device was removed safely by disposal experts, who left the scene around 3.20pm.

Police have confirmed that a 41-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested in relation to the incident.

Oaktree Road was closed along with the western end of Dimond Road.

Neighbouring properties within the 100m cordon were evacuated and bus services were diverted.

Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue were also on stand-by at the scene.

Jude Hay, 60, a company CEO, who lives in Dimond Road, said: "I'm glad the police are there. They do a brilliant job. I feel safe because they're experts."

Another Dimond Road resident, 52-year-old nurse Jo Kennedy, added: "I just arrived home and saw the road was closed off then my mother phoned because she heard there was a bomb. I don't feel too bad about it at the moment. It looks under control."

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1:15pm Wed 14 May 14

Techie85 says...

Anyone know if this affects the school in any way
Anyone know if this affects the school in any way Techie85
  • Score: -3

1:39pm Wed 14 May 14

Jude Hay says...

It's at times like these I am so glad we have a great police force and specialists to hand. I have no idea what's happened but I know I feel damned safe having the right people in the right place at the right time. Any one who doesn't agree ...just stop and think what the alternative outcome might be!!! Good job Hampshire police...again
It's at times like these I am so glad we have a great police force and specialists to hand. I have no idea what's happened but I know I feel damned safe having the right people in the right place at the right time. Any one who doesn't agree ...just stop and think what the alternative outcome might be!!! Good job Hampshire police...again Jude Hay
  • Score: 60

1:47pm Wed 14 May 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Techie85 wrote:
Anyone know if this affects the school in any way
If you are on about the infant school in Manor Farm Road, looking at the photos the echo have posted I would say the road closure is right at the school, with roads blockaded and grid locked around that area, if you are going to get children, would suggest parking a distance away in top of wellington road or up by bitterne park 2ndry school and walking down to be safe to do so
[quote][p][bold]Techie85[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if this affects the school in any way[/p][/quote]If you are on about the infant school in Manor Farm Road, looking at the photos the echo have posted I would say the road closure is right at the school, with roads blockaded and grid locked around that area, if you are going to get children, would suggest parking a distance away in top of wellington road or up by bitterne park 2ndry school and walking down to be safe to do so sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Wed 14 May 14

Techie85 says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Techie85 wrote:
Anyone know if this affects the school in any way
If you are on about the infant school in Manor Farm Road, looking at the photos the echo have posted I would say the road closure is right at the school, with roads blockaded and grid locked around that area, if you are going to get children, would suggest parking a distance away in top of wellington road or up by bitterne park 2ndry school and walking down to be safe to do so
Many thanks Sotonbusdriver have spoken to a friend who lives in the area and sorted this out
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Techie85[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if this affects the school in any way[/p][/quote]If you are on about the infant school in Manor Farm Road, looking at the photos the echo have posted I would say the road closure is right at the school, with roads blockaded and grid locked around that area, if you are going to get children, would suggest parking a distance away in top of wellington road or up by bitterne park 2ndry school and walking down to be safe to do so[/p][/quote]Many thanks Sotonbusdriver have spoken to a friend who lives in the area and sorted this out Techie85
  • Score: 3

2:58pm Wed 14 May 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it
Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -53

3:12pm Wed 14 May 14

vag says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it
The device was dealt with by Navy Bomb disposal personnel. The Police (sevice as I believe they like to be known now) did a fantastic job in controlling the area.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it[/p][/quote]The device was dealt with by Navy Bomb disposal personnel. The Police (sevice as I believe they like to be known now) did a fantastic job in controlling the area. vag
  • Score: 45

3:14pm Wed 14 May 14

vag says...

Service, not Sevice, typo oops.
Service, not Sevice, typo oops. vag
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Wed 14 May 14

george2 says...

Does anyone know if Manor Farm Road is open I have a friend sat in Portswood who cannot get home ?
Does anyone know if Manor Farm Road is open I have a friend sat in Portswood who cannot get home ? george2
  • Score: -3

4:06pm Wed 14 May 14

mooky9 says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it
Whilst I fully agree the army do an amazing job I don't actually think you have a clue about this. Who goes to the scene first to assess if it's a suspect device or just a pile of nothing, the police, who evacuates the premises and surrounding area and them puts up cordons to further protect the public, the police, who co-ordinate a the response and controls the scene, the police, who works with the bomb disposal team (in this case the navy team) and secures evidence to catch the suspects and prevent further attacks, the police, who puts themselves in harms way to catch suspected bomb maker or worse, the police SUPPORTED by the amazing military teams and also fire and ambulance.
So before you make a clueless comment in the future actually out some thought into it.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: Police dont do briliant job its the army guys who deal with it[/p][/quote]Whilst I fully agree the army do an amazing job I don't actually think you have a clue about this. Who goes to the scene first to assess if it's a suspect device or just a pile of nothing, the police, who evacuates the premises and surrounding area and them puts up cordons to further protect the public, the police, who co-ordinate a the response and controls the scene, the police, who works with the bomb disposal team (in this case the navy team) and secures evidence to catch the suspects and prevent further attacks, the police, who puts themselves in harms way to catch suspected bomb maker or worse, the police SUPPORTED by the amazing military teams and also fire and ambulance. So before you make a clueless comment in the future actually out some thought into it. mooky9
  • Score: 39

5:18pm Wed 14 May 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job ..
I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job .. chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -17

6:32pm Wed 14 May 14

normal1965 says...

i wouldn't want their job
i wouldn't want their job normal1965
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Wed 14 May 14

Stubs says...

Great area to live in.
Great area to live in. Stubs
  • Score: -6

8:09pm Wed 14 May 14

Rhombus says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job ..
You sir are a clueless halfwit. Please think before posting your poorly worded tripe on these pages. Kind regards ...everyone else.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job ..[/p][/quote]You sir are a clueless halfwit. Please think before posting your poorly worded tripe on these pages. Kind regards ...everyone else. Rhombus
  • Score: 7

8:14pm Wed 14 May 14

espanuel says...

chimneysweep 1234 wrote:
I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job ..
You want to take that brush out of your a**s it is effecting your brain.
[quote][p][bold]chimneysweep 1234[/bold] wrote: I did think about it only mistake was saying it was armywhen it was navy ...my point was it was them that deal with it not police on this ocasion ..somtimes police do good job ..[/p][/quote]You want to take that brush out of your a**s it is effecting your brain. espanuel
  • Score: 6

8:29pm Wed 14 May 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Team work
Team work Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 2

9:11pm Wed 14 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

Hmmm
Hmmm The Man who says Hmmm says
  • Score: 6

9:29pm Wed 14 May 14

Block 42 says...

is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.
is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here. Block 42
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Wed 14 May 14

The Phantomerer says...

Block 42 wrote:
is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.
The terrorists are here... they're probably watching you right now. Well probably not, but it makes you think. Can you really trust those around you? How well do you know them? If you see anyone who looks a bit suspicious it is best to report them. I started reporting everyone who looked a bit suspicious, but now the police say I'm only allowed to contact them if it is a "genuine emergency." But then, can you really trust the police anyway?
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.[/p][/quote]The terrorists are here... they're probably watching you right now. Well probably not, but it makes you think. Can you really trust those around you? How well do you know them? If you see anyone who looks a bit suspicious it is best to report them. I started reporting everyone who looked a bit suspicious, but now the police say I'm only allowed to contact them if it is a "genuine emergency." But then, can you really trust the police anyway? The Phantomerer
  • Score: 5

9:39am Fri 16 May 14

southy says...

Block 42 wrote:
is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.
Yes they are here all right they are our Government
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.[/p][/quote]Yes they are here all right they are our Government southy
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Fri 16 May 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Block 42 wrote:
is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.
Yes they are here all right they are our Government
The Suns out Peter - don't you have anyone to play with?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: is this terrorism?its a bit vauge!think we would like to know if terrorist are here.[/p][/quote]Yes they are here all right they are our Government[/p][/quote]The Suns out Peter - don't you have anyone to play with? Shoong
  • Score: 1

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