Bomb squad scrambled to address after 'suspicious packages' found, as homes evacuated

A BOMB squad has been scrambled to a house tonight after a number of "suspicious packages" were found during a police search.

Cops have ordered locals to leave their homes in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, as the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team work at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police said residents in Foxroyd Lane have been evacuated as a "precautionary measure".

The force said officers searching a house on the street discovered a "small number" of "potentially suspicious packages".

Cops have called in the bomb squad to examine the packages.

Chief Inspector James Troisi, of Kirklees Police, said: "I appreciate that there may be concern in the community about this, but we have a number of local officers in the area and it is absolutely standard procedure to evacuate nearby properties in such situations as a precaution."

A police cordon remains in place as emergency services work at the scene, Examiner Live reports.

In a statement, cops said: "Police are currently in attendance at an address on Foxroyd Lane, Dewsbury after officers searching the property found a small number of potentially suspicious packages.

"The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team have been called to attend to examine the packages and to ensure a safe removal.

"A police cordon remains in place at this time and a number of houses in close proximity to the address have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

"Enquiries remain ongoing."

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