Man arrested as armed response and bomb disposal van called to suspicious device at Gorleston property

Emergency services at the scene on an incident on Viking Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass

Emergency services at the scene on an incident on Viking Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

An armed response unit and a bomb disposal van have been on scene at a Gorleston street following reports of a suspicious device in a property.

Emergency services at the scene on an incident on Viking Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass

Emergency services at the scene on an incident on Viking Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Officers were called to Viking Close in Gorleston at 10.30am following reports that a device had been discovered inside a property.

A spokesman for the police, said: 'Officers were called to Viking Close in Gorleston at 10.30am this morning following reports that suspicious devices had been discovered inside a property. Specialist officers have been deployed as a precaution and the area remains sealed off.

'A man in his 40s has since been arrested in the Lowestoft area in connection with the incident and will be questioned by officers later.'

People living in properties linked to the building in question or nearby, were told to stay indoors but were later evacuated.

More than ten police cars, two ambulances and three fire engine attended the scene.

Police activity was carried out into the evening and a bomb disposal unit was also at the scene for several hours.

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A police spokesman said residents were being allowed back into their homes, and police activity would start to conclude at just before 9pm.

Peter Raven, 24, who lives near Viking Close, said: 'One of my friends called me to say it was all going off. I came down and saw three fire engines and I heard that there was a small fire.'

A carer for one of the residents evacuated, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: 'I rushed down as soon as I heard to see the person I care for. By the time I got here she had been evacuated from the building.'

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