Tyne & Wear

Hamilton Place bomb alert: Terrorism 'ruled out'

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Image caption A firearm and ammunition were also recovered from the scene

A bomb scare during which residents had to spend the night away from their homes is not being linked to terrorist activity, police have confirmed.

Homemade explosives were discovered in a house in Hamilton Place, Newcastle, on Monday.

Police said a firearm and ammunition were also found and that a "serious incident" had been prevented.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making explosives with intent to endanger life.

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Media captionAbout 50 people living in Hamilton Place were forced to spend the night in an emergency shelter.

About 50 people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said whoever was responsible was working alone.

A bomb disposal team was called to the housing estate and later returned to Catterick Garrison.

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