70 homes evacuated after two 'grenade-type devices' found in street

Police said nearly 70 homes were evacuated after two 'grenade-type devices' were found in Preston.

Emergency services descended on Watling Street Road in the Fulwood area of Preston yesterday afternoon (June 18) following reports that the devices had been found close to an address. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal also attended the scene and a total of 69 properties were evacuated after a cordon was put in place.

Lancashire Constabulary said a successful controlled explosion of one of the devices was carried out by the EOD at the scene. The other device removed to a second location with a further controlled explosion taking place there.

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One of the items was found to be a 'viable explosive device' while the other was not The cordon was lifted last night after more than seven hours with homeowners allowed to return to their properties.

In a statement issued this afternoon (June 19), Preston Police they have a dedicated investigation team making enquiries and patrols have been stepped up in the area. The force said it is being treated as an 'isolated incident' and no arrests have been made.

A spokesperson said: "Our investigation is continuing into the finding of two grenade-type devices in Preston. We were called to Watling Street Road, Fulwood, at around 12.25pm yesterday (18th June) to a report that the devices had been found close to an address.

"The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called, a cordon established, and 69 properties were evacuated. A successful controlled explosion of one of the devices was carried out by the EOD at the scene, with the other device removed to a second location and a further controlled explosion taking place there.

"The cordon was lifted yesterday, with homeowners returning to their properties. One of the items was found to be a viable explosive device, the other was not a viable explosive device.

"You will notice an increased police presence in the area. We have a dedicated investigation team making enquiries, and reassurance patrols will continue.

"This is being treated as an isolated incident and we do not believe it is linked to any other investigations. If you saw anything or unusual in the area yesterday, or have information which could assist our investigation, please call 101 – quoting log 0556 of 18th June 2024."