Cambridgeshire

Cambridge suspect package find: Man arrested

East Road device
Image caption RAF bomb disposal experts were called in to make the device safe

A 27-year-old man has been arrested over the discovery of a suspect package that caused the evacuation of several buildings in Cambridge.

Bomb disposal teams were called to Wellington House in East Road on Monday after a "suspicious device" was found.

About 100 people were asked to leave nearby buildings and the road was shut as an RAF team made the device safe.

Police said a man from Burwell in Cambridgeshire was in custody and inquiries were continuing.

He is being held at Parkside police station on suspicion of "placing an article with intent to cause a bomb hoax".

Despite this, police said the device did have the potential to cause an explosion and, because of where it was found, could have endangered lives.

The buildings evacuated were near the Anglia Ruskin University campus in the city centre.

Cambridge Fire Service initially received a call about the device from someone inside Wellington House.

On Tuesday evening, police said the device had been removed from the property and would be forensically examined.

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