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Cordon reduced following controlled detonations at Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford

*Joint statement issued by West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council*

The 200m cordon placed around Rotherwas Industrial Estate, after the discovery of suspected phosphorus grenades at a business premises on the estate yesterday (Wednesday, September 6) has been reduced to 50m.  This means that local residents and businesses, evacuated yesterday evening, can now return to their properties.

Controlled detonations were safely carried out by the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD] operators this afternoon (Thursday).

Risk to the public was low and we ensured measures were in place to ensure the safety of the general public, road users, nearby homes and businesses and workers on site at all times.

We would like to again thank the local community for their continued support, their co-operation and understanding is appreciated whilst we and our partners continue to safely resolve the situation.

Superintendent Sue Thomas - West Mercia Police    Geoff Hughes - Director Economies, Communities and Corporate, Herefordshire Council

Issued: Thursday, September 7 2017  15:50  Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

 

Published 07/09/17