Families evacuated in Bristol, United Kingdom not allowed to return to home

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Families who were evacuated in Bristol, United Kingdom have been told that they will not yet be allowed to return to their homes. This is despite the fact that many news reports from the time of the evacuation, including those from BBC News indicated that they would be able to return yesterday.

Avon and Somerset police recently released a statement on the evacuation, part of which is available below:

Around 30 people – including one 80-year-old woman – were evacuated from their homes after police put a cordon in place around the man's home and then carried out a controlled explosion.

The people evacuated were initially housed at a local school and also stopped in the homes of Neighbourhood Watch members from the area, before being transferred to a city centre hotel, where they remained until Saturday. They then moved to another hotel.

This move comes after Avon and Somerset police arrested a man in the Westbury on Trym area of the city on suspicion of terrorism.