Part of the Canterbury Road in Westgate shut as bomb squad called to suspect device

Bomb squad at the scene Photo Mandy Knight

Part of the Canterbury Road in Westgate was closed off by police tonight (August 16).

A suspicious device, possibly an unexploded ordnance, was discovered at a property that was being searched by officers in relation to the discovery of cannabis plants.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the scene.

Nearby residentswere evacuated from their homes and a cordon was put up.

The road was shut off from Westgate Library going up past the Hussar and the petrol station.

Photo Mandy Knight

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers attending an address in Canterbury Road, Westgate-on-Sea, uncovered a suspicious package at around 4.15pm.

Photo Steve Pegram

“A cordon was established and nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.

“Explosive Ordnance Device experts from the Ministry of the Defence were called and localised road closures put in place.

“The device was found to be non-suspicious and the cordon was stood down at around 7.20pm.”

All roads re-opened at around 7.30pm. The bomb disposal team left the scene but a police presence remained.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman added: “An EOD team was called reference a suspicious item. Upon arrival the item was deemed to be non-suspicious and therefore no further action was required.”

A 51-year-old man from Westgate was arrested on Tuesday (August 14) following the cannabis plant discovery and has since been released on bail until Wednesday, September 5.

Enquiries into that incident are ongoing.