Posted on July 29, 2019
Officers set up a 100m cordon at Normanshurst Close while an Army bomb disposal team made the site safe.
Suffolk Police made the discovery while executing a warrant just before 13:00 BST. They are being supported by Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews.
A man in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
The force said that the outer cordon had been lifted and only the property where the items were discovered, as well as three other neighbouring properties were inaccessible to the public. Chloe Marie Cullen, 23, had to leave her flat on neighbouring Normanston Drive, with her dog Amber.
She said: “I heard lots of sirens then I saw the police walking up the road towards the house, but I stayed calm as they seemed to have it under control.
“The police told me to pack an overnight bag as there’s a chance we might not be able to get back in this evening.”
Shaun Waters, landlord of the Norman Warrior pub in the town, said a number of people had headed to the pub to seek refuge.
“They’ve been told to go to the sports centre for the night, but a lot are waiting to be picked up by family instead,” he said.
“It was a bit of Blitz spirit at first but now people are starting to think about work tomorrow and not being able to get back to their houses.”