Steven Bracher is charged with possession of a bladed item, possession of a Class B drug and two counts of possession of explosives

A 55-year-old man is set to appear in court today (Thursday) charged with possession of explosives following an incident in Bishops Tawton.

Steven Bracher of Bishops Tawton appeared at Exeter Magistrates on Monday charged with possession of a bladed item, possession of a Class B drug and two counts of possession of explosives.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear before magistrates today.

Royal Navy Bomb Disposal experts were called to an address in the village on Thursday and remained at the scene for some time.

North and West Devon Superintendent Toby Davies has reassured the public that it was not being treated as a terrorist incident and said there was no ‘increased public threat’.

He added: “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.”