Arrests have been made after a suspicious object was discovered in Halifax and the army were called in to destroy it.

Earlier this morning (December 30), West Yorkshire Police found the suspicious object inside a house on Keighley Road, Illingworth. They found the object while conducting forensic searches as part of an investigation into firearms offences.

The police called in specialists from the army who carried out the “controlled destruction” of the object. This took place in a sealed area outside the property.

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Now, the police are reviewing the cordon which was put in place, and they say it will be taken down as soon as possible. Inspector Ryan Stockton of Calderdale Police said: “I want to thank residents for their understanding and patience while this operation was carried out. I also want to apologise for any disruption it may have caused.

“The deployment of specialist resources may understandably have caused some concern, but it is entirely normal for them to attend in such operations in order to take every possible precaution to ensure public safety.

“A suspicious object found at the property has now been safely disposed of, and we are reviewing the cordon with an aim to take it down as soon as possible. Investigations will continue and two men who were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences remain in custody this evening.”

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