Four-hour road closure as bomb squad swoop on Devon street

A bomb disposal vehicle in Windmill Road, Paignton, on Wednesday, May 22, after a suspicious substance was found
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A Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) closed a sleepy Devon street for hours after suspicious substance was found yesterday, Wednesday, May 22. Windmill Road in Paignton was closed for much of the day while military and civilian emergency services worked on safely removing the suspected ammunition. Several police vans were at the scene as explosive experts carried out their investigation and made the area safe.

Eyewitnesses said the bomb disposal squad were seen in the area at around 5.30pm. Windmill Road was closed from around 2pm for at least four hours while EOD teams were dealing with the substance, thought to be "a component of ammunition". The road had reopened soon after 6pm in the evening.

One person told DevonLive: "There appears to be a major incident in Windmill Road, Paignton. Road's been closed for hours, with specialist police units in attendance."

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Another added that Windmill Road was closed with a "bomb squad present".

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police assured the public that the substance had been safely contained and posed no risk to residents. Officers believe there was no criminal activity involved and the incident was described as 'routine work' for the bomb squad.

DevonLive has contacted the Royal Navy for comment.

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