South East Wales

Controlled explosion at Newport Intellectual Property Office

Bomb squad

Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion at a government building in Newport after a suspicious package was found.

Specialist police and army teams were called to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) - formerly the Patent Office - on Cardiff Road at about 08:15 BST on Friday.

By 13:00, police said the incident was resolved, with staff allowed to return to the evacuated building.

An investigation has now been launched.

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Part of the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the IPO has had its headquarters in Newport since 1991.

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