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Tunbridge Wells: Bomb disposal experts called in to Brokes Way

Emergency services, including a bomb disposal team, have returned to Brokes Way in Tunbridge Wells after chemicals were found.

Since yesterday forensics officers have been searching a flat after firefighters discovered suspicious items while dealing with a blaze at a nearby home.

A 55-year-old Tunbridge Wells man has been arrested and remains in custody. It is not yet known what he is being questioned on suspicion of.

The road is sealed off. Picture: David Nmadu.
The road is sealed off. Picture: David Nmadu.

The items, including computers and mobile phones, were found after crews were called to Brokes Way at around before 6pm on Monday following a fire in the kitchen of a property.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "While vacating the address, officers noted a quantity of chemicals and these have now been examined by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and MOD personnel to ensure they are legally held and stored in a safe manner.

"At this stage, it has been established the items are legitimately held and do not pose a danger to the general public."

After the fire broke out, residents were evacuated while two fire engines brought the flames under control.

The resident of the home affected suffered smoke inhalation and cuts to his hand. He was given oxygen at the scene.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a deep fat fryer. It is not thought to be related to the property being searched.

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