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31/05/2014 08:29 BST | Updated 31/05/2014 08:59 BST

Bristol Homes Evacuated After Bomb Disposal Carry Out 'Several' Controlled Explosions

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in the early hours after police carried out controlled explosions following the discovery of a suspicious car.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said they were forced to move people from their homes in the Fishponds area of Bristol, in the north east of the city, after discovering the vehicle in Cassell Road.

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Officers said the vehicle smelt strongly of fuel and could be linked to "an ongoing dispute".

Chief Supt Geoff Spicer said the exclusion area was set-up as "a necessary precaution."

"We will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident now the controlled explosions have taken place," he said.

"At this stage we believe this is an isolated incident and could be linked to an ongoing dispute and we are progressing lines of enquiry.

"The exclusion zone is likely to remain in place until at least 2pm today, so I would advise people to avoid the area, as there are road closures in place."

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to the scene and carried out several controlled explosions on the vehicle.

Around 460 homes were evacuated with many residents attending a rest centre set up at a local school.