UPDATE: Third arrest after discovery of explosive device on doorstep of flat on Beechwood estate (From Wirral Globe)
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UPDATE: Third arrest after discovery of explosive device on doorstep of flat on Beechwood estate
12:41pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A THIRD man has been arrested in connection with an incident in Bidston in which an improvised explosive device was found.
Police arrested the 19-year-old in north Liverpool at around 9am today. He is currently in police custody where he will be questioned on suspicion of the offence of possession of an explosive.
Two men, aged 25 and 18 and from the Beechwood, were arrested last night and 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
Police 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.
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.
Detectives are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything in the Bude Close area overnight on Wednesday going into Thursday morning to call them on 0151 777 2264 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.