October 5, 2020 9.26 am This story is over 14 months old

Woman arrested after residents evacuated on Lincoln street

A bomb disposal unit attended the scene

A woman was arrested after residents were evacuated from the Boultham area of Lincoln, where a bomb disposal unit was sent on Sunday afternoon.

Lincolnshire Police and other emergency services were called to a property at St Helen’s Avenue in Lincoln in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation during the afternoon of Sunday, October 4.

Safety checks were carried out by the Bomb Disposal Squad before the area was declared safe and residents were allowed back into their homes just after 4pm.

Residents were then asked to remain indoors whilst the safety checks continued.

A 34-year-old local woman was arrested in connection with the incident and taken into police custody for questioning.

A fire engine was also spotted at the scene.

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We were in shock and couldn’t believe we lived next door to the incident. It felt surreal.

“We weren’t told anything apart from we had to evacuate for our safety. We were pleased to get the call allowing us back to our home, knowing it was safe to return.”

Superintendent Paul Timmins said: “We’re really grateful to everyone for their patience while this incident was ongoing.

“I appreciate being asked to leave your home on a rainy Sunday afternoon isn’t ideal but our priority has to be public safety.

“The investigation is continuing into this incident and we’ll provide updates as soon as we can.

“A scene guard is expected to remain in place until tomorrow (Monday) while enquiries are ongoing so residents will continue to see police in the area for some time yet.

“Again, thank you to the local community for your understanding.”

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