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Information from the Police for residents in Whitleigh

UPDATE:

Incident involving explosive device, Plymouth

Searches continue

Police are continuing to carry out searches this weekend in connection with an incident which happened on Tuesday 23 September.

Officers were notified at around 9.30pm to reports of an incident involving an explosive device, in Whitleigh. As a result of the incident a 12-year-old boy was taken to Derriford hospital with injuries.

The boy has since been discharged and is at home expecting to make a full recovery.

Officers investigating, along with the Royal Navy EOD team, attended and searched properties in the area and seized a number of devices.

Superintendent Matt Lawler said: “We have carried out a number of searches in the Whitleigh area which are expected to remain ongoing until Sunday afternoon. The public may see officers dressed in protective clothing due to the nature of the incident.

“I would like to reassure the people that there is no risk to the public and that there is no evidence to suggest that the incident is linked to terrorism.”

A 16-year-old boy from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive with intent to endanger life. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 64-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of making/possessing explosive with intent to endanger life. He has been released on police bail until 23 October.