Two arrests after discovery of explosive device left on doorstep of a flat on Beechwood estate (From Wirral Globe)
Send us news by text, start your message Globe News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Two arrests after discovery of explosive device left on doorstep of a flat on Beechwood estate
9:13am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident in Bidston in which an improvised explosive device was found.
The pair, aged 25 and 18, both from the Beechwood area, are being held on suspicion of committing an offence under the Explosives Act.
They are currently in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives during the course of the day.
A police investigation remains ongoing.
Officers were called a flat in Bude Close on the Beechwood estate by the male occupant at around 1pm yesterday.
The resident reported he had found the device by his front door at around 9am.
A large cordon was placed around the block of flats and surrounding roads as a precaution, and a number of properties were evacuated, while specialist officers from the force's Matrix unit carried out an assessment of the device.
Officers from the Ministry of Defence's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit then attended the scene and at approximately 5.15pm, a controlled explosion was carried out by them.
Once the device had been made safe the cordon was reduced and currently only four properties within the block of flats remain sealed off while detectives and crime scene investigators continue with their enquiries.
Neighbourhood patrols have also been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.
The investigation is in its very early stages and detectives are keeping an open mind as to a motive.
However, officers are treating the incident as a targeted attack and are investigating whether it is part of an ongoing dispute between several parties.
Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Hayes from Birkenhead CID said: "I would like to thank everyone affected by this incident for their patience and understanding while the police and other emergency services worked hard to resolve it.
"This was a serious incident for the occupant and everyone living nearby.
"We believe the device was left at the location either on Wednesday night or during the early hours of Thursday morning so I would appeal for anyone living nearby who saw or heard anything suspicious in that time to please come forward."
Residents were evacuated to the estate's community centre.
Dave Edwards, who lives in Bude Close with wife Wendy, told the Globe: "I've lived here for five years and this is the first time anything like this has happened. It's a shock."
Another, who asked not to be named, said: "We had been out and the first we knew that anything was wrong was when we were going home to pick up some things for our baby.
"We were told by police that we couldn't go home and had to wait in the community centre."
Anyone with information should call Birkenhead CID on 0151 777 2260 or leave information anonymously 0800 555 111.