Dundee ‘bomb’ evacuation shock: ‘I was in my pyjamas and the policeman just said ‘you need to go now’

A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with firearms offences after residents were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a suspected bomb.

A 100-yard cordon was put around Carlochie Place after officers on an unrelated search warrant found a device.

A bomb disposal team was called and Greendykes Road, Craigie Avenue and Carlochie Place were sealed off for several hours.

A police spokesman said: “We can confirm the man arrested on Carlochie Place has been charged in relation to firearms offences. He is due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday.

“Inquiries are continuing regarding a device which was recovered during a search of the property on Carlochie Place.

“We would like to reiterate that there is no threat to the wider public, and that there will continue to be a police presence in Carlochie Place while relevant inquiries are conducted.”

It is understood counter-terrorism officers were not involved.

Residents expressed their shock as the heavy police presence descended on their neighbourhood on Thursday afternoon.

Carlochie Place resident Donna Din, 54, said: “I was actually sleeping as I was on nightshift and all I heard was this bang on the door.

“I was in my pyjamas and the policeman just said ‘you need to go now’. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. One of the policemen even reversed my car.

“I could see the military people and the bombs unit and the police all kitted out – I honestly thought it was a joke.”

Charles Anderson, 86, said: “A young policeman came up and asked me to get to the back of the house.

“It was a bit of a shock especially when you don’t know what’s going on.”