Gloucestershire

Cheltenham man charged with making explosive

Police at scene
Image caption About 100 houses were evacuated last Friday

A man has been charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose after police found items in a garage in Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire Police said Martin Howard Counsell, 52, from Cheltenham, would appear before magistrates in the town on Friday.

Mr Counsell, who was arrested last Friday, was charged under the Explosive Substances Act.

A 31-year-old man also arrested was released without charge.

About 100 houses were evacuated last Friday but residents were allowed to return to their homes following controlled explosions carried out by a bomb disposal team at the weekend.

The arrests came after police searched a garage in Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of the town.

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