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Bomb squad remove ‘suspicious items’ from Wilburton after Cambridgeshire police make arrests over explosive substances and firearms



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A bomb squad was called to an East Cambridgeshire village and removed “suspicious items” after police made arrests relating to explosive substances and firearms.

Cambridgeshire police evacuated an area of Wilburton and bomb disposal experts safely removed the items on Thursday afternoon (May 5).

Police on the scene in Stretham Road, Wilburton. Picture: Keith Heppell (56496861)
Police on the scene in Stretham Road, Wilburton. Picture: Keith Heppell (56496861)

It came after officers were called to investigate a suspected burglary at an unoccupied new-build property in Stretham Road in the village at about 7.40pm on Wednesday (May 4).

A police spokesperson confirmed: “A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and a 53-year-old man from Wilburton has been arrested on suspicion of assault, both in connection with the incident, and both are currently in custody at Huntingdon Police Station.

“Inquiries into the burglary resulted in officers searching a premises in High Street, Haddenham, where suspected firearms devices were discovered. Experts were called in as a precaution and the building has now been made safe.

Police on the scene in Stretham Road, Wilburton. Picture: Keith Heppell (56496857)
Police on the scene in Stretham Road, Wilburton. Picture: Keith Heppell (56496857)

“A 54-year-old man from Wilburton was arrested for possession of explosive substance likely to cause harm and has also been taken to Huntingdon Police Station.”

An Army spokesperson said: “An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called out to an address in Stretham Road, Wilburton, at the request of Cambridgeshire police on 5th May.”

The spokesperson confirmed a team from Colchester Troop, 621 EOD Sqn, 11 EOD&S Regt RLC responded to the call-out.



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