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Police reveal series of explosions on Isle of Wight

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Image caption Officers are investigating whether the incidents in Newport are related

A small explosion on the Isle of Wight on 16 March was one of four attacks in a day, police have revealed.

Officers are investigating whether the incidents in Newport are related.

Explosions happened outside houses on Manor Crescent and Barton Road. There was also one from inside a litter bin near Newport Bus Station.

The final explosion occurred outside the Newport McDonald's. Nobody was injured in the small explosions, although an ambulance was called.

The four attacks happened between 1640 and 1715 GMT.

Two young white men, one carrying a bag, were seen in Manor Crescent at about the time of the incident.

A woman in Barton Road also witnessed a young white man throw an object into her garden before it exploded.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

The investigating officer PC Arran Robertson said: "We're continuing to check CCTV footage.

"I remain keen to hear from any other witnesses who saw what happened or who remember seeing anyone acting suspiciously around Newport town centre, Barton Road and Manor Crescent between 1630 and 1730 last Wednesday."

He thanked all members of the public who had already come forward to speak to the police.

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