NEIGHBOURS living on a street at the centre of a bomb scare have relived the moment police told them a disposal team had been called in.
Two men were arrested at addresses in Fleetwood and Cleveleys leading to police searching an address on Beach Road, Cleveleys, and calling in the bomb unit to evacuate a block of flats after finding suspicious items inside.
Thornton’s YMCA Sports Centre was put on alert to take in families while others were able to watch the drama unfold at the scene.
Christine Stevenson, 54, of Beach Road, was relaxing at home when police smashed open a window and climbed into the flats to arrest the men.
She said: “The police were outside for hours and I watched them as they broke through the window.
“A policewoman had to climb up and squeeze through the and I was concerned.
“It was quite worrying for a while because nobody knew what was going on and to see something like that close to home was frightening.
Vicky Crayston, 32, of Brentwood Avenue, Anchorsholme, was training her dog during a session at Cleveleys Community Centre nearby when officers came into the meeting.
She said: “A policeman came into the session at 10.25pm and asked us what time we were leaving but we finished five minutes later and didn’t need to be evacuated.
“There were police cars everywhere and we were diverted away from the town centre on the way home.
“We thought it would be something to do with drink or drugs and never thought it would be something like this.”
Carole Docherty, 56, a chef at the community centre, said it was a very dramatic scene.
He added: “Police were everywhere and someone ran in here to say there was a riot going on.”
And a spokesman for the YMCA in Thornton added: “We were prepared for people being evacuated from their homes, but no-one attended.”
Ronnie MaCleod, 49, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, has been charged with possessing an air rifle, amphetamine and assaulting a police officer.
A 48-year-old man from Cleveleys remains in custody.