Bristol car bomb scare suspect released on bail

Cassell Road, Bristol
Image caption Hundreds of residents in the Fishponds area had to be evacuated from their homes

A 42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax in Bristol, has been released on bail.

Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes when police were alerted to a "suspicious" car in Fishponds on Saturday.

A bomb disposal team carried out a number of controlled explosions on the car. No explosives were found.

Avon and Somerset Police said it wanted to hear from taxi drivers working in the early hours of Saturday.

Det Con John Shanahan said: "Our investigation is progressing and we are now appealing for taxi drivers for their assistance."

He added officers wanted to speak to drivers who were picking up or dropping off in specific areas of the city.

The suspect was held on suspicion of a bomb hoax (placing an article with intent) and was arrested in the Emersons Green area of the city.

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