Hereford & Worcester

Controlled explosions in Hereford after police stop van

Van in the Tesco car park on Belmont Road in Hereford
Image caption Three controlled explosions were carried out

Three controlled explosions have been carried out after police stopped a van in Hereford.

Police said they stopped the vehicle after receiving information there was an improvised explosive device inside.

The bomb squad was called deal with the van, which was in the Tesco car park on Belmont Road. The store and its petrol station were closed, along with the A465, from just after 12:00 GMT.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

'Utmost seriousness'

Police said that on the advice of the military bomb disposal unit, a 200m cordon was put in place.

The controlled explosions were carried out between 14:30 GMT and 16:00 GMT, police said.

Officers said they could now reassure the public there had not been a viable explosive device inside the van.

Temporary Ch Insp Martin Taylor said: "We had to treat this incident with the utmost seriousness and we have spent the afternoon working alongside our colleagues from the fire service and the Army to make sure it was resolved peacefully."

The arrested man, who is in his 40s, is currently in custody in Hereford police station.

The A465 has since reopened.

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