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.”