Thames Valley Police have arrested 41 years old company director Anthony Holmes of The Fairway, Burnham, South Bucks District, on suspicion of making explosive substance for unlawful purpose.
At 11:00 on Thursday, 28 September, police, using a search warrant, raided Mr Holmes' home, a detached corner bungalow in The Fairway estate, off Green Lane.
At 13:00 police then raided Mr Homes' business premises at 24 Britwell Road, near the top end of Burnham High Street.
Police Inspector Brendan Murray said
This is a multi agency operation with the Buckinghamshire Fire
and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service also at both scenes.
Mr Holmes is believed to be in police custody.
The Fairway home is the family home, previously owned by Mr Holmes' father who died in 2014. Neighbours say Mr Holmes is quiet and lives alone.
In 2013 Mr Holmes was appointed a director of the family business Ethel Roberts Limited, a manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparations, established in 1954 but dormant since 2001.
Ethel Roberts Limited is owned by another family business Laboratory Facilities Limited. Mr Holmes became a director of Laboratory Facilities in December 2013 but on 1 June 2017 was replaced by two elderly family members.
Laboratory Facilities activities are the manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparations and packaging.
Both companies are based at 24 Britwell Road, Burnham.
Just before 06:00 on Saturday, 25 June 2016, police were called to Mr Holmes' home.
A number of chemicals ..... at the property.
Consequently the neighbourhood was evacuated to the Burnham Beeches Hotel as a
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians arrived
to carry out
controlled burning of the chemicals.
Residents were allowed back to their homes by midnight on Saturday/Sunday.
Mr Holmes was arrested on suspicion of:
At the time Superintendent Ed McLean said:
I would like to thank local residents for their cooperation and
patience while we and our partner agencies carry out enquiries at the scene. I
can understand that it was an inconvenience for residents to be evacuated
yesterday, but their safety is our priority.
I would like to reassure the community that we are not linking
the discovery of these chemicals to terrorism. The chemicals will be forensically
examined to determine exactly what they are.
I would like to thank our partner agencies, South Bucks
District Council, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the technicians
from Explosive Ordnance Disposal, for their help in this investigation.
Mr Holmes was
released on police bail until 13 August 2016. Police never
advised what happen afterwards.