Timothy Holman in court on Ilfracombe explosives charge

Osborne Road, Ilfracombe
Image caption Firearms officers and explosives experts were called to Osborne Road in Ilfracombe

A man has appeared in court after police carried out searches for explosives in north Devon.

Firearms officers and explosives experts were called to a property in Osborne Road, Ilfracombe, on Friday amid concerns for public safety.

Timothy Holman, 41, from Ilfracombe, appeared before magistrates earlier, accused of possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody.

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Searches by emergency services were completed late on Saturday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers had to "re-house a number of residents for two nights" until they were sure the area was safe.

Mr Holman, who appeared at Plymouth Magistrates' Court via video link, is due to next appear at Exeter Crown Court in January.

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