Homes evacuated after discovery of weapons near Bristol

Homes have been evacuated following the discovery of weapons at a house in an upmarket suburb.

Avon and Somerset Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of the possession of offensive weapons.

The arrest was made on Saturday after the arsenal was discovered at an address in Shetland Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

Police said the incident was not terrorism related, but due to what was found a 50-metre cordon has been put in place and a “handful” of nearby houses have been evacuated.

“This action has been taken in conjunction with advice from the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) who will be attending the property,” a police spokesman said.

“We apologise for any disruption caused to residents in the area but would stress the actions taken are purely as a precaution, until the EOD attend and a comprehensive search of the property is completed.

“We can confirm that this is not a terrorist-related incident and the actions taken are precautionary due to some of the items found in the property.”

The man remains in police custody while his home is searched.

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