Sheffield homes evacuated after dangerous chemicals found

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Fifty homes in Sheffield were evacuated after police found dangerous chemicals believed to be linked to drug production.

South Yorkshire Police said a 100m cordon was put in place around Ridgehill Avenue, Intake, on Friday.

Residents were allowed to return home overnight after the bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to produce class A drugs, under the Explosives Act.

Police said a number of homes had to be evacuated after chemicals were found during a search of a property on Ridgehill Avenue on Thursday.

The 100m cordon was extended to 150m on Friday afternoon for the bomb squad to destroy all the chemicals in a controlled explosion.

The cordon was lifted at about 02:00 BST on Saturday.

South Yorkshire Police said: "Throughout this incident public safety has been of the upmost importance. [We] would like to thank local residents for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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