'Suspicious device' found near polling station in Scotland

12 December 2019, 12:09 | Updated: 12 December 2019, 12:11

A suspicious device was found near a polling station earlier this morning
A suspicious device was found near a polling station earlier this morning. Picture: Google

By Kate Buck

A 48-year-old man has been arrested after a suspicious device which was to be non-viable was found near a polling station in North Lanarkshire.

Police said the device was discovered on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats in Motherwell at around 1am on Thursday.

A cordon was placed around the building as residents were evacuated following the find.

People who were registered to vote at Glen Tower have been told to attend an alternative polling station at Knowetop Primary School on Knowetop Avenue in Motherwell following the discovery.

The device was found to be non-viable, but Explosive Ordnance Disposal staff were called to the scene to examine the item before carrying out a controlled explosion.

People who were registered to vote at Glen Tower have been told to attend an alternative polling station at Knowetop Primary School on Knowetop Avenue in Motherwell.

A community room within the building was due to be used as a polling station.

Chief Inspector Mark Leonard said: "Officers responded to reports of a suspicious device on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats, Motherwell, around 1am on Thursday December 12 2019.

"A cordon was placed around the building and residents within the cordon were evacuated for safety reasons.

"Police liaised with Explosive Ordnance Disposal staff to examine the item and a controlled explosion was carried out as a precaution.

"It was to found to be a non-viable device.

"The evacuation of residents within the cordon has now ended and police are working with North Lanarkshire Council to return people to their homes."

He later added: "Police in Motherwell have arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with a suspicious device found on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats, Motherwell, around 1am on Thursday December 12 2019. Inquiries are ongoing."

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