Newhall evacuation: Man charged with explosive offences

Image caption Police said they were advised by army experts to clear homes from a wide area

A man has been charged with drugs and explosive offences after 200 people were evacuated from their homes in Derbyshire.

A 100m exclusion zone was set up around a flat in Belvoir Crescent, Newhall, near Swadlincote, on Saturday.

A series of controlled explosions were carried out and, after a search, residents returned on Sunday afternoon.

Glenn Robinson, 55, was remanded in custody after a hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court.

He was charged with making and possessing explosives and possession of a class B drug.

Supt Paul Callum, from Derbyshire Police, said Army advice was followed during the operation.

"I appreciate that people were looking forward to a sunny Saturday evening, maybe having a barbeque," he said.

"But when the bomb disposal squad attended the scene, they recommended the 100m zone and we put that into effect."

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