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Residents forced to leave homes in Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge, after unknown chemicals found at house

Residents in a Woodbridge street have been forced to leave their homes while an army explosives team carry out an investigation.

A police search was carried out at a house in Bridgewood Road this morning where unknown chemicals were discovered.

Police evacuated 30 properties on the street, where a 50 metre cordon has been put in place.

Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge (42806137)
Bridgewood Road, Woodbridge (42806137)

The army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are currently on the scene.

A police spokesman said: "They have made further enquiries and have removed the item from the premises."

He added that people were evacuated 'as a precaution to ensure the public's safety'.

It is believed that the property in which the chemicals were found is the same one at which two men were arrested last week for firearm offences .

Crispen Richards, 58, and Philip Richards, 24, of Bridgewood Road, were both later charged with possession of a disguised firearm - namely a walking stick - and possession of a shortened shotgun.

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