Bomb scare in South Elmsall

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A suspected bomb in South Elmsall has forced residents to be evacuated from their homes today (Friday).

Police were called to a house on Field Crescent around 12.30pm where officers found the suspected explosive device.

The bomb squad were called and a full search of the property had to be made.

Residents from properties on Westfield Lane, Princess Avenue and Field View were told by police to leave their homes for safety reasons.

Part of the road on Westfield Lane has been closed while the search is carried out.

Residents are waiting at the Social Centre on Westfield Lane until police give them the all clear to go home.

Manreet Gill, 22, of Westfield Lane, has been at the centre since 2.45pm and said she had never seen anything like it before in the town.

She said: “There were loads of police cars and vans on Westfield Lane. I’ve lived here for 10 years and this is the most extreme it has ever been. It’s all a bit surreal.”

A man has been detained by police.

A police spokesman said: “A search of the property subsequently uncovered a suspected explosive device and the bomb squad were called.

“An examination of the device has revealed that it was not viable.

“However, a thorough search of the property is still taking place as a precaution, so the 400m cordon on Westfield Lane is still in effect and people are still unable to return to their homes.

“Enquiries are ongoing and the matter will be resolved as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.”

A special town council meeting was set to take place tonight at the social centre to discuss ways to pay tribute to 18 year old Bethany Jones who was killed in the M62 crash last Friday - but has had to been postponed.

Leader of South Elmsall Town Council Steve Tulley said he wanted to make sure the meeting was carried out in the best circumstances to make sure they did her justice.