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Picture update: The house in Buxton where “suspicious device” sparked investigation by bomb disposal officers

11:00 03 September 2012

The house on Coltishall Road, Buxton, where the device was found.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The house on Coltishall Road, Buxton, where the device was found. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

This is the house where bomb disposal experts were sent to yesterday after a suspicious device was found underneath a car.

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Six homes had to be evacuated for public safety after a member of the public in Buxton, near Aylsham, called police just after 11am to say that there was some sort of device underneath their car.

A 100-metre cordon was put in place around the vehicle, in Coltishall Road, near to the Beeches bed and breakfast.

The people who were forced to leave their homes were taken to Buxton Village Hall.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers were called to the scene to determine the nature of the device and to make sure there was no danger to people in the village.

A forensic team is believed to have been at the scene this morning.

A resident in the village for more than 27 years, who did not want to be named, said she had heard the device had been “viable” and that work had been carried out to control a timer placed on the device.

She added: “I was not scared but we always say it is a quiet village. It was a bit of a shock.”

The people who were forced to leave their homes were taken to the village hall.

Val Nichols, chairman of the village hall, said: “I got a call and opened up the village hall. We had a family of four in there and another couple, plus a lady who came in wanting some water for her dog.

“I assume the other people who were evacuated from their homes went to their relatives.

“We didn’t really know quite what was going on, but we made sure we had tea and coffee to give the people who came to the hall.”

A spokesman for Norfolk police said: “There is no indication that the wider public were in any danger.

“This is being treated as an isolated incident, targeted at a particular individual and is not being believed to posed a threat any other member of public.”

Holidaymakers Michael Draycott, 72, and his wife Catherine, 70, are from Yorkshire and have been staying at a property on Back Lane.

They said they were surprised to see yesterday’s activities in what was typically a quiet village.

“The police let us through because the road was cordoned off,” he said.

“We didn’t really see anything but you never really can, can you?”

Mrs Draycott added: “There was a lot of activity though.”

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