Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster evacuation during anti-terror investigation

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Image caption The man was arrested near a TA centre on Sunday

Residents in Kidderminster were evacuated from their homes during anti-terror investigations when "suspicious material" was found.

Anti-terror police were called to a property in Merton Close in connection with the arrest of a 23-year-old man in possession of knives and an axe.

There was also disruption to nearby railway lines. Police later confirmed the material was not suspicious and residents were able to return.

The 23-year-old man remains in custody.

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A 100m area of the street was cordoned off by police for two hours during the search on Monday night.

Resident Wendy Tate told BBC Hereford and Worcester it felt "quite surreal".

She said: "It doesn't happen in Merton Close, or Kidderminster. It was quite scary."

West Midlands Police said nobody was in danger at any time.

The arrested man was detained by armed police near a TA centre, although police have said there is "no suggestion of any threat to that premises".

The motives of the man are not yet known. The arrest is being investigated by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit with the support of West Mercia Police.

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