UPDATE: Man charged with explosives offences

A Hassocks man has been charged after a suspicious device was found at his home on Saturday, January 14.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 6:55 am
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 7:57 am
Officers evacuated Belmont Close for most of the day on Saturday. Picture: Sussex Police.

David Smith, 50, unemployed of Belmont Close has been charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose, police say.

He will appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 16.

Officers evacuated Belmont Close for most of the day on Saturday and a controlled explosion was carried out to make the area safe, according to Sussex Police.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: “I would like to thank all those who were evacuated yesterday for their patience while we worked to make the area safe.”

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