Sharnbrook explosion investigation handed over to major crime unit as locals return home

A Bedfordshire Police officer stands watch at Loring Road, Sharnbrook. Image: Bedfordshire Police
A Bedfordshire Police officer stands watch at Loring Road, Sharnbrook after the explosion in April 2023. Image: Bedfordshire Police

After the explosion at a house in Loring Road, Sharnbrook, locals who were evacuated from their homes have now been allowed to return.

The specialist explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team has also completed their work and handed over the site to the police.

The investigations into the cause of the explosion were handed over to the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, with specialist Counter Terrorism Policing resources supporting the investigation due to the nature of the incident.

The incident is believed to be an isolated one and poses no risk to the wider public.

The only person injured, a man in his 40s, is still receiving treatment for life-changing injuries in the hospital. He has not yet been interviewed by the police but has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Explosive Substances Act.

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Detective Superintendent William Hodgkinson from Bedfordshire Police, who is leading the investigation, thanked the people of Sharnbrook for their patience and understanding so far.

He also urged anyone with concerns or information that could help with the investigation to get in touch via a new online reporting tool created by the detectives.

The investigation is expected to continue for some time, with searches at the address scheduled to continue until next week.

“We are continuing to progress this complex investigation as quickly and professionally as we can,” said DS Hodgkinson.

“A key part of this has been scaling back our emergency services presence at the scene and hopefully it reassures the local community that this part of Sharnbrook is starting to look a bit more normal,” he added.