Sussex

Hassocks evacuation: Man charged over flats 'device' find

Police cordon Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Belmont Close was cordoned off for most of Saturday

A man has been charged with making an explosive substance after a suspicious device was found in a block of flats in West Sussex.

The Middlewick House flats and nearby area had to be cordoned off as a bomb disposal team was called to the Belmont Close area of Hassocks on Saturday.

The road was evacuated for most of the day.

Sussex Police said David Smith, 50, of Belmont Close, would appear before Crawley magistrates on Monday.

He has been charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and possessing an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Ch Insp Jon Carter said: "I would like to thank all those who were evacuated yesterday for their patience while we worked to make the area safe."

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