Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield homes evacuated after dangerous chemicals found

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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