Risca 'bomb' probe continues

This picture taken before the detonation shows the 'bomb' covered by sandbags and was taken by resident Chris Jones. (4423653)

Police road block on Commercial Street after the bomb squad were called to Risca Police station after a device was handed in. (4384651)

Howard Powell directs traffic on Commercial Street after the bomb squad were called to Risca Police station after a device was handed in. (4389372)

First published in News

INVESTIGATIONS continue after a suspected bomb was detonated in Risca on Tuesday morning.

All residents within a 100m cordon around the Risca police station were evacuated, while a controlled explosion took place.

Just after 9am on Tuesday, residents were told to leave their properties as a suspected bomb was in the police station on Tredegar Street. Residents had to wait almost two hours for the cordon to be lifted.

The device had been handed to police officers by a member of the public on Monday, but the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team waited until Tuesday to detonate the 'bomb' as according to Gwent Police, this kind of procedure is always undertaken in daylight hours- where possible.

One resident, Chris Jones said on Tuesday: "Why were we allowed to sleep in our beds last night just 30 yards from the device then this morning we were told to leave our homes? The bomb was there yesterday evening, they just put some sand bags around it then went home and left us without even being told."

Yesterday, Gwent Police were unable to confirm the nature of the device.

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