Bomb squad searched Sacriston home after incident involving armed response officers (From The Advertiser Series)
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Bomb squad searched Sacriston home after incident involving armed response officers
BOMB disposal officers were today (Monday, November 4) called in to search a County Durham house following an incident involving armed response officers.
Police were called to an address in Fulforth Way at 7.30pm on Sunday night, to what was treated as a firearm incident.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and is being held at Durham City police station.
During a search of the house a man, who identified himself as the father of the suspect, arrived at the scene.
He was allowed into the property by officers and removed dog food and a kennel. He told The Northern Echo he knew nothing about the incident.
Detective Inspector Gavin Heckles, who is leading inquiries, said: “We received a report concerning allegations that someone had made threats to kill.
“Reference was made of causing harm by using a firearm or explosive devices.
“We treated it as a firearms incident and armed officers attended the scene.
“A 27-year-old male was arrested under controlled circumstances and without any incident.”
DI Heckles added: “During the initial searches of this property it became apparent to us that we needed to request the assistance of our colleagues from Catterick.
“Items of concern were found that required further investigation. They were not deemed a threat to the wider community.
“Bomb disposal engineers from Catterick Garrision conducted a thorough search of the house and are satisfied that the property poses no threat to the wider community.
“As a result of the search they removed various items for further assessment. There was no need for a controlled explosion or anything like that.”
He added: “The incident has concluded and the suspect is being questioned at Durham police station.
“We would like to ask the local residents for their co-operation while the work continue and thank them for their patience.”
Search officers and crime scene investigators from Durham Police are still at the house on Fulforth Way and are expected to be there for several hours to come.
The suspect lived alone at the address.
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