A MAN has been arrested in connection with an incident which saw the bomb squad called in after suspicious items were discovered at a Kidderminster address.

The 51-year-old man remains in police custody today (Sunday June 30) as enquiries continue into the incident on Stourport Road.

The road remains closed as searches are continuing.

Police said they found “a number of suspicious items” at the address yesterday (Saturday June 29).

A 100 metre cordon remains in place while emergency services are at the scene, and it is expected to be in place for some time.

Residents have been evacuated with Wyre Forest District Council on standby to provide emergency accommodation to people who cannot return home tonight.

Superintendent Mo Lansdale, said: “We are working closely with partner agencies to best manage the situation, and I want to reassure the public that we have arrested a man in connection with the incident and are not actively looking for anyone else.

“Searches of the property will continue into today.

“At this time we cannot give a time for when these will be completed and the cordon will be lifted, but we will provide updates as soon we are able to do so.

“We continue to work with the local council to support those that have been evacuated and do not underestimate the impact this is having on them, we are hugely grateful for their patience and the support they have shown for our officers.”

A number of road closures are in place, and people are being advised to check the diversions before starting any journey.

Ian Miller, Chief Executive of Wyre Forest District Council, said: “The council is standing ready to arrange accommodation for anyone who cannot return to their home tonight.

“Those who stayed at the rest centre last night will be contacted with details once the search has been completed and the situation is clear.

“The council will assist people with accommodation for tonight, but only if it is confirmed that they cannot return to their homes.

“We will provide an update on this when we are able to, and thank residents for their continued patience.”

Visit our live blog on the incident here: Stourport Road closed for second day as bomb squad called in