Bristol car bomb scare suspect held after homes evacuated

Cassell Road, Bristol
Image caption Hundreds of residents in the Fishponds area were initially evacuated as the car, which smelt strongly of petrol, was examined by bomb disposal teams

A man has been arrested after hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes when police were alerted to a "suspicious" car in Bristol.

The 42-year-old was detained after a bomb disposal team carried out a number of controlled explosions on the car.

Up to 460 homes were evacuated around Cassell Road in Fishponds, just after 04:00 BST, but no devices were found.

Police said the suspect was detained on suspicion of a bomb hoax (placing an article with intent).

He was arrested in the Emersons Green area of the city.

Ch Supt Geoff Spicer confirmed the car was examined but "no explosives were found and the scene is safe".

Officers said the car "smelt strongly of fuel" and believed the "isolated incident" could be linked to "an ongoing dispute".

Image caption A 200m exclusion zone was set up around Cassell Road for several hours

Hundreds of residents were evacuated to a rest centre set up at a local school before they were allowed to return home.

Ch Supt Spicer, said he was very grateful to residents for their "support and assistance".

"Public safety is a priority for us and the exclusion area was set up as a necessary precaution," he said.

Image caption A number of controlled explosions were carried out by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team

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