Army bomb disposal team called after police found 'unknown chemicals' at Wakefield flat

Police and anAarmy bomb disposal team at Westgate End in Wakefield.
Police and anAarmy bomb disposal team at Westgate End in Wakefield.

Police road closures have been lifted this morning following the discovery of “unknown chemicals” during a search of a property in Wakefield last night.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to a flat at Westgate End near the city centre and police cordoned off an area of Westgate while investigations were carried out at the property.

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Those investigations were continuing at the address this morning, with police offering no further update on the chemicals that had been found at the flat.

Insp Carlton Young of West Yorkshire Police said a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a drugs related offence in Leeds earlier on Sunday. 

He said police went to search the man’s home address in Westgate End at Wakefield at 4.30pm on Sunday when they discovered the chemicals. 

An army bomb disposal team from Catterick arrived at the scene just before 9.30pm. 

Fire crews were also at the scene. 

Insp Young said last night: “We are dealing with some unknown chemicals at an address. They (the army bomb disposal team) are there to assist us.” 

Insp Young added: “This is not being treated as terror related.”