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Bomb squad called to Hampshire recycling centre

A recycling centre in Hampshire is operating as normal after bomb disposal experts were called in to deal with a suspicious item.

A controlled explosion was carried out at the household waste recycling centre in Bedford Road in Petersfield on Sunday (10 March), after a suspicious package was found in a bin.

Police called the bomb disposal squad after closing the centre and a 150-metre exclusion zone was implemented around the site. Following the controlled explosion an investigation has started to determine the nature of the item.

Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport at Hampshire County Council, said that staff at the site reacted swiftly and professionally to isolate the item and call the police.

“I must stress that this was an isolated incident and that we consider the safety of both staff and those who use the recycling centre to be of paramount importance which is why we have strict policies with regard to the site’s operation and robust procedures in place to deal with any emergency situation,” he said.

The centre and surrounding roads have now reopened.

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