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Scrap metal row linked to bomb attack

A suspected nail bomb attack in Staffordshire has been linked to a row over scrap metal, according to a media report.

The nail bomb is understood to be part of a series of explosions at three homes within a seven-mile area in Cheadle involving rival scrap metal merchants.

Police arrested and questioned a man on suspicion of attempted murder following the blasts which the police described as “targeted and malicious”.

The attacks were believed to be the result of a business dispute, according to The Telegraph.

Neighbours said that the blasts were thought to be the result of a grudge with all three of those whose homes were hit, working at the same scrap yard.

No-one was hurt at the blasts at the homes and the damage was reported as minimal.

Inspector Clare Riley, local policing team commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, said: “Incidents such as this are very rare. However, when they do happen they can have a big impact on local communities.

“Public safety is of paramount importance. I want to reassure residents in these three areas that these were targeted, malicious acts following a dispute. Police officers remain in the areas today to help reassure residents and I would urge residents to speak with them if they have any concerns.”

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