Lancashire

Man charged over Preston Fishergate 'incendiary device'

Police at Fishergate
Image caption The Fishergate Shopping Centre was closed after the device was found on 17 December

A man has been charged after the discovery of an "incendiary device" led to the evacuation of a shopping centre.

The device, which was found at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston on 17 December, ignited but did not explode.

David Rutherford, 24, of Barry Avenue, Preston, has been charged with making an explosive with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear at the city's magistrates court on Thursday.

An evacuation of the shopping centre was ordered as a precaution and bomb disposal experts were called in.

A 27-year-old man who was arrested on 18 December by police investigating the discovery has been bailed until 28 January.

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