Man on explosive charge bomb charge

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A MAN has appeared in court after a complaint about bad behaviour uncovered an explosive device.

Nicholas Smith, was arrested and charged with making an explosive with intent to endanger life after a report about trouble in Twelfth Street, Horden.

The 53-year-old appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was remanded in custody for a week.

Police launched a search of the house on Sunday after a report of antisocial behaviour.  

Detective Superintendent Neil Malkin, of Durham Police, said: “The premises have been thoroughly searched and I can reassure the local community that there is no cause for alarm and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“There have been increased patrols by the local neighbourhood beat team over recent weeks after reports of anti-social behaviour in the area, so the public may not have noticed the increase in police activity. We have tried to keep disruption to a minimum.  

“However, I hope the people of Durham will be reassured that this recent action is tackling this serious type of criminality.”

Meanwhile, neighbours spoke of their shock at the incident. Melody Sanderson, 45, who has lived opposite the home for nine years, said: “There were police outside the home and nobody came in or out for the entire time.”