Bomb squad search County Durham home as police make arrest

A property in Sacriston, County Durham has been searched by bomb disposal officers and police have arrested a man on suspicion of making threats to kill

The bomb disposal unit at Fulforth Way, Sacriston, yesterday
The bomb disposal unit at Fulforth Way, Sacriston, yesterday

Bomb disposal officers searched a County Durham house after a firearms incident.

Durham Police and bomb disposal officers from Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, were called to the property in Sacriston, near Chester-le-Street, yesterday morning.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill on Sunday and was last night helping police with their inquiries at Durham City police station.

Police say they were called to the address in Fulforth Way at around 7.30pm following what they described as “a firearms incident.”

Last night officers were still at the house and they expected to be there for several hours.

Detective inspector Gavin Heckles, who is leading the inquiry, said: “EOD Bomb Disposal Engineers from Catterick have conducted a thorough search of the house in Fulforth Way and are satisfied that the property poses no threat to the wider community.

“They were called as a precaution, however they have now left the scene and I would like to thank the local residents for their patience and cooperation.”

Following a search of the house items were seized by police and will be examined.

Forensic officers were seen entering the house, while officers from Catterick Garrison stood outside the property.

A police car and the crime scene investigation unit were parked outside, alongside the bomb disposal unit.

A 30-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the bomb disposal unit here. It’s quite frightening to think that something like this has happened on this street.

“It’s usually pretty quiet around here.”

Detective inspector 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.

“This is purely a precautionary measure.

“I would like to reassure the public that there is no need to be concerned.

“The incident has concluded and a suspect is currently under arrest.

“We would like to ask the local residents for their co-operation while the work continue and thank them for their patience.”

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