Police reassure public incident in Bishops Tawton is not a terrorism incident

PUBLISHED: 11:52 27 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 27 January 2018

Exeter Magistrates' Court.

Exeter Magistrates' Court.

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Bomb disposal experts remain on the scene and a 55-year-old man has appeared in court this morning following an incident in Barnstaple High Street on Wednesday.

Police have reassured the public that an incident in Bishops Tawton this week is not being treated as a terrorism incident.

Bomb disposal experts have been outside an address since Thursday and will remain at the scene as a precaution says LPA commander Toby Davies.

Mr Davies said it was not necessary to evacuate any surrounding properties and reassured the community there was no ‘increased public threat’.

He added: “Specialist support, including Royal Navy Bomb Disposal, will remain at the scene as a precaution, whilst items are removed from the address, and to support the ongoing investigations.

“Devon and Cornwall Police continue to seek specialist national advice and we would again like to reiterate that this is not being treated as a terrorism incident. My thanks to local residents who continue to be thoroughly supportive and understanding of the increased police presence in their area.”

Police were sent to Barnstaple High Street on Wednesday at 4.30pm following reports of disorder involving a man. The man was detained at the scene and following enquiries officers searched an address in Bishops Tawton.

Steven Brachner, 55, of Bishops Tawton, has been charged with possession of a bladed item, possession of a Class B drug and two counts of possession of explosives.

He appeared in Exeter Magistrates court this morning (January 27).

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