Police continue to question man after bomb drama in Bitterne Park area of Southampton

Bomb disposal team in Southampton, yesterday afternoon

Bomb disposal team in Southampton, yesterday afternoon

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

OFFICERS are today continuing to question a man after a suspicious device was found at a city home.

As reported by the Daily Echo yesterday, the 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making an explosive device, at an address near to the scene in the Bitterne Park area of Southampton.

Disposal experts spent several hours examining the suspicious device in Manor Farm Road, as neighbours within a 100m no-go-zone were evacuated for their safety - just yards from a primary school.

A remote-controlled robot was drafted in to search the scene around the house before Navy experts carried out a controlled explosion at the property.

Last night police confirmed that a 41-year-old man from Southampton was arrested at a nearby address on suspicion of making an explosive device.

Neighbours told the Daily Echo that those renting the house at the centre of the drama - a man and a disabled woman who had lived there for about eight years - had moved out last week and it was the agent who was clearing the property who discovered the suspicious device at 9.40am.

A 100m cordon was quickly established around the two-storey home and those living with the cordon were evacuated, leaving many with no option by to camp out in a nearby car park.

However nearby school Bitterne Park Primary and Riverside Pre-school were both unaffected by the drama unfolding outside.

The Navy's bomb disposal team were on scene along with crime scene officers, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team.

Passersby watched on as officers moved to and from the house, including Navy personnel who were using a remote-controlled robot to scan the area around the house.

Oaktree Road and Dimond Road were also closed, forcing parents to park up in neighbouring streets and walk to Bitterne Primary School, which was just outside the cordon, to pick up their children.

After several hours of examining the device, a controlled explosion was carried out at the property and it was taken away for further investigation just before 3.30pm.

Crime scene investigators remained at the scene as their investigations continued into the evening, but the cordon was lifted soon after the bomb disposal team left.

The front bay window of the house was boarded up from the inside, which neighbours say happened as a result of the bomb scare, and there were several padlocks on the front door.

A police spokesperson confirmed that although investigations were ongoing, they believed it was an “isolated incident” and posed “no immediate threat” to the public.

One of those neighbours who was unable to get to her home was mum-of-two Jane Eastman, 33, a health care assistant, who came home from work to find her street sealed off.

She said: “I came home at 2pm and I couldn't get in. They said the whole road had been evacuated and my dog was still inside.

“When I left for work this morning it was clear.

“I was worried it was my house. I was relieved when it wasn't.

“It was more the fact that no one said exactly what it was.”

Another neighbour, who was evacuated from his home with his wife for three hours was 71-year-old David Janaway,

He added: “First of all we saw the police coming up and stopping all around here. Then the agent for the lady who rents next door said the road would be evacuated and at midday the police evacuated us.

“We heard there was an object in the garden. It would have had to be a big bomb to knock these houses down.”

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10:24am Thu 15 May 14

southy says...

Thatcher had to worry about the IRA seems Cameron gone one better he got to worry about the people of the UK as a whole
Thatcher had to worry about the IRA seems Cameron gone one better he got to worry about the people of the UK as a whole southy
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10:59am Thu 15 May 14

skeptik says...

One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.
One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you. skeptik
  • Score: 10

1:23pm Thu 15 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

southy wrote:
Thatcher had to worry about the IRA seems Cameron gone one better he got to worry about the people of the UK as a whole
You total loony, what a strange world you live in!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Thatcher had to worry about the IRA seems Cameron gone one better he got to worry about the people of the UK as a whole[/p][/quote]You total loony, what a strange world you live in! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Thu 15 May 14

southy says...

skeptik wrote:
One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.
Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.[/p][/quote]Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government southy
  • Score: -1

6:15pm Thu 15 May 14

southy says...

southy wrote:
skeptik wrote:
One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.
Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government
Thought that would quiet you down, Thatcher cause deaths of people though her cuts she made enemies in both home land and abroad but she took a lot longer in doing it, this government as cause the death on UK nationals thought cuts in less than 4 years in office, Courts have ruled against this government and this government as ignored the courts, think 1,600 uk nationals deaths cause though government cuts
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.[/p][/quote]Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government[/p][/quote]Thought that would quiet you down, Thatcher cause deaths of people though her cuts she made enemies in both home land and abroad but she took a lot longer in doing it, this government as cause the death on UK nationals thought cuts in less than 4 years in office, Courts have ruled against this government and this government as ignored the courts, think 1,600 uk nationals deaths cause though government cuts southy
  • Score: 3

7:54pm Thu 15 May 14

mickey01 says...

southy wrote:
skeptik wrote:
One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.
Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government
cant even spell correctly no wonder he talks crap as well
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: One of many who had to face PIRA and other organizations long before and after Thatcher - You know what this is about, you know the motives? Many people died in that conflict - the moronic comments of someone with an almighty chip on their shoulder trying to score political points. Your party deserves you.[/p][/quote]Try thinking out of the box just a little, Cameron, IDS, and others how many peoples life,s have they ruined just so they and other elite can benefit, how many deaths have this government cause since taking over government, at the last count that I know off from independent organisations was 1,600 people have died though actions of this Government[/p][/quote]cant even spell correctly no wonder he talks crap as well mickey01
  • Score: -2

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