January 02, 2009
Items found in a flat which police initially suspected could be homemade explosive devices turned out to be harmless "science fiction-style" equipment, officers said.
About 100 homes had to be evacuated after police arrested a man and called bomb disposal officers following a siege at the property in Harlow, Essex.
Officers were called to the third floor flat early yesterday after reports that a man had been spotted with a longbow.
Armed officers and negotiators arrived and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
A search of his home revealed a number of "unexplained" items, police said.Bomb disposal experts were called in and homes within a 100 yard cordon set up by police were evacuated.
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