Police say a suspicious device which was reportedly found inside a block of flats in St Albans has been safely detonated.

Updated article here: Police say 'suspicious device' not viable

Cordons were in place overnight in Approach Road and London Road to allow a controlled explosion to take place.

A number of residents in Approach Road were evacuated at around 10pm last night, including a family of four.

At 12.25am, officers instructed people at the Approach Road cordon to move well away from the scene and take cover behind cars or a building before a 'bang' was heard.

"Can you stand behind the cars?" Police extend cordon in Approach Road

An officer from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal had been seen going in out of the address.

Borehamwood Times:

The scene in Approach Road last night

According to residents, police had been in the street since the late afternoon, and when the force reportedly came across a suspicious device, a decision was made to evacuate neighbours in the street.

A 100m cordon was set up and there was no access for drivers along London Road between Alma Road and Grosvenor Road.

Borehamwood Times:

London Road last night

Police remain at the scene in Approach Road this morning.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson gave the following update earlier today: "The device has been safely detonated via controlled explosion and the scene has been made safe.

"The original cordon has now been reduced and the road closures have been lifted.

Borehamwood Times:

Borehamwood Times:

One officer guards a property in Approch Road this morning as enquiries continue

"A scene guard remains in Approach Road this morning as officer's enquiries into the incident continue.

"All residents within the original cordon were supported in finding alternative overnight accommodation. We would like to thank them and the wider public for their patience and understanding."

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