Man in court after explosives evacuation

A BULWELL man has appeared in court over the discovery of an explosive chemical that led to the evacuation of a primary school and nearby homes.

Darren James (26), of Bancroft Street, has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court to face two counts of possessing nitroglycerine for an unlawful purpose.

The chemical was discovered after police searched a flat on Central Avenue, Mapperley on Thursday October 13.

Bomb-disposal experts were called in and a controlled explosion was carried out. Streets around the area were closed off for large parts of the day as a 100-metre cordon was imposed around the property.

Sixty residents were asked to leave and go to the Richard Herrod Leisure Centre in Carlton, while pupils from the nearby Mapperley Plains Primary School were taken to Mapperley Social Club.

Householders were allowed to return to their properties later on Thursday but investigations by the police at the flat continued well into last Friday.

James appeared at the magistrates court last Saturday.

He has also been charged with possession of a firearm, possession of prohibited ammunition and two counts of possession of an air weapon, in contrvention of restrictions placed on him.

A further charge is receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

James, who has yet to enter pleas, will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday October 28. He was remanded in custody. A 23-year-old woman, who was also arrested in connection with the raid on the house, has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.