Bomb Explodes in Southampton

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A bomb exploded in Eastleigh early this morning, causing alarm to residents. However no homes were evacuated and no injuries have been reported, although three cars have been badly damaged.

Police are currently investigating the scene, and have already ruled out a terrorist attack. The explosion comes soon after a unexploded bomb from World War Two was found on a building site on London Road in March.

The explosion occurred at 2.40am this morning, in Chadwick Road, Eastleigh. The police were assisted by the Army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit, and have arrested a local man and woman, but are still hoping to hear from anyone with more information. Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson said:

“The area has been searched and no other devices were located. We believe this was an isolated incident and there is nothing to suggest this was linked to any act of terrorism. The incident is being investigated as a criminal damage offence recklessly endangering life.”

Do you have any information? Were you in the area at the time? Please contact the Operation Birdline investigation team at Eastleigh CID on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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