A multi-agency operation remains ongoing in Ulverston.

A major incident was declared last night after 53 homes had to be evacuated as a safety precaution following the discovery of a suspicious item within a house on Steel Street.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team are continuing their assessment to safely resolve this incident.

Chief Superintendent Mick Bird, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “I fully appreciate that this been a long night for those who have been evacuated from their homes as a necessary safety precaution.

“As a multi-agency, we are doing all we can to support them. I hope that we can allow them to safely return to their homes as soon as possible.

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“The EOD are working to ensure the safety of all residents as they continue their assessment

“Once again, I would like to thank the residents for their ongoing patience.”

North Lonsdale Road remains closed between Sir John Barrow Way and Steel Street. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.