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Newhall homes evacuated after potentially volatile substance found

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

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MORE than 200 people in Newhall have been evacuated this evening after a potentially volatile substance was found in a flat.

Police in South Derbyshire are working with Derbyshire County Council emergency planners to evacuate and house up to 200 people who are being asked to leave their homes as a precaution.

Residents from premises within 100 metres of Belvoir Crescent will be given local temporary accommodation until the substance is removed.

The substance was discovered this afternoon at a flat on Belvoir Crescent during a search of the premises.

A 55-year-old man is under arrest.

Superintendent Paul Markham, who is in charge of the operation, said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter and we are hoping that people will not be inconvenienced for too long.

"The evacuation is purely a precaution to ensure everybody's safety and residents will be allowed back home as soon as possible."

Keep posted to burtonmail.co.uk for updates.

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