'Clown mask, rifles and knives' taken from Derbyshire house as bomb squad join police raid

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Police took what appeared to be knives, rifles and a clown mask from a Derbyshire house during a raid which saw the bomb squad called to assist.

The army bomb team helped detectives search the property, in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, after officers were called there shortly after 9am on Wednesday.

Forensics officers were spotted going in and out of the property for a number of hours during the day as shocked locals watched.

The Derby Telegraph’s video producer, Cassandra Nelson, also witnessed a number of items being removed from the property.

A forensics officer working in Godfrey Drive

A forensics officer working in Godfrey Drive

One man, aged 44, has been arrested by police and, on Wednesday evening, was being questioned by detectives.

Miss Nelson, who was at the cordon for more than an hour, said: “I watched as the police brought out a number of items from inside the house.

“There was what looked like a clown mask - it had a white smiling face and red cheeks.

“I also saw officers bring out what appeared to be a number of knives in plastic tubes. They were long knives.

A police van in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam. A bomb disposal team is helping police search a house there

A police van in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam. A bomb disposal team is helping police search a house there

“I watched as the officers also brought out what looked like two rifles in plastic evidence bags and I saw them bringing out computer equipment like hard drives.

“They were going in and out of the house for at least an hour-and-a-half and they were still doing that when I left the scene just before 4pm.”

Zak Meakin, who works at KPP Converters, lives down the road from the raided house. The 22-year-old said: “I’ve been off work sick and have just seen it.

“There hasn’t been anything like this before around here so I’m really surprised.

“There’s usually only gangs of 14 or 15-year-olds pulling pranks, like throwing eggs, around here - nothing serious. The neighbourhood is usually a very nice place. It tends to be just elderly people and young families here.”

Godfrey Drive in Kirk Hallam

Godfrey Drive in Kirk Hallam

A man, 33, who lives in the area but did not want to be named, said: “I didn’t see anything till this morning, but then the police and bomb disposal came.

"The police arrived at about 9.15am and the bomb disposal men came at around 11am.

“I was really concerned because I have two kids that could be in danger. We weren’t informed about any potential danger or anything, which I think we should have really.

"We just saw bomb disposal members there, no evacuation message or anything. What if there was an actual bomb there? My first priority is making sure my kids are safe.”

Forensics are working at the house in Godfrey Drive

Forensics are working at the house in Godfrey Drive

At its height, more than four police vehicles, including a forensics van, was spotted parked up in Godfrey Drive,

In a statement released to the media, Derbyshire police said: “Acting on information, police searched a house in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam.

“The bomb disposal assisted us with this search and we have arrested a 44-year-old man.

“There is nothing to suggest the safety of the local community is at risk, or that this is a terrorist-related incident.

“Godfrey Drive was not closed and no one was evacuated.”