Horley police incident: Two arrested after police called to reports of bomb in Chaffinch Way

Horley police incident: Two arrested after police called to reports of bomb in Chaffinch Way

A man and a teenage boy have been arrested after police were called to reports of a bomb on a residential road in Horley .

Police and the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service were called to an address on Chaffinch Way, Horley in the early hours of Wednesday, February 28.

Police officers, including bomb disposal officers and police dog officers were reported to be on the scene and searching a property all day according to witnesses.

Confirming the arrests a spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We were called to Chaffinch Way, Horley at 3am on Wednesday (February 28) following reports of a bomb in a property.

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“Officers attended and were supported by a specialist police dog unit who found no items of concern inside the property. This is not a terrorism-related incident and there is no risk to the public.

“Officers are remaining at the scene to continue searching the property.

“A man and teenage boy have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in custody.”

Residents of the road have reacted in shock to the news.

A police car outside a house on Chaffinch Way, Horley

A woman, who preferred not to be named but said she had lived on Chaffinch Way for 24 years said: “I just came down and saw that there were police cars and that and one of my neighbours came round and someone had told her that there was something to do with a bomb.

“I’d been out shopping at around 11am. When I came back at about 2ish the whole street was fire brigade, bomb disposal units and police and cars everywhere.

“There were at least five police cars, a bomb disposal unit and two fire vans, like 4×4’s.

“We’re used to the police cars being up and down the street but what can you do. It’s scary but I’m not going to pack a bag and leave here – this is my home and I live here.

A large police presence outside a house on Chaffinch Way, Horley

“It happens everywhere these days, but London’s a lot worse though.”

David Aggett, of Chaffinch Way, has said that he had seen police officers entering and leaving the taped off building throughout the day.

He said: “I got up at about seven o’clock this morning and they have been there ever since.

“There have been police and fire and rescue cars. There were four police cars there at one point and police officers keep going in and out.

Police officers outside a property on Chaffinch Way

“There have been officers there all the time and there were even some police dogs at one point.

“They’ve been here all day and more of them are coming all the time.

“I can count four police cars, and one of the officers has just put on a padded vest.”

Another resident Lilly Preston, 21, said that the whole incident had been “crazy”.

She said: “There’s been police up here for the last few days driving up and down the road over the last week or so.

“It’s crazy when it all kicked off – there were more and more cars coming down, you had fire people and army people and bomb disposal. It’s so weird.”

A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue said that they had been asked to attend by police early in the incident but it later became clear they were not required.

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Article courtesy of Get Surrey