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Police needed hospital checks after exposure to chemicals
SEVERAL police officers had to be treated in hospital after a large quantity of chemicals was discovered during a raid at a terraced house, the Star has learned.
The haul, which is believed to be used for the manufacture of drugs, was found at an address in Sutton Road, Sutton, which remained a crime scene a week on from the swoop.
Officers were taken to the accident and emergency department amid initial fears they may have been affected by fumes from the chemicals.
People living nearby were initially advised to keep their windows and doors closed while Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service determined if there was any risk to the public.
However the officers were later given the all-clear, and police relaxed the warning after ruling the chemicals did not present a threat.
The raid took place on the evening of Wednesday, October 2, and police arrested a 61-year-old man and 39-year-old woman on suspicion of being involved in the manufacture of drugs.
They have not said what class of drugs they are suspected of making.
The suspects were later released on bail, and a painstaking police investigation continued in the coming days and police teams wearing protective clothing and masks could be seen entering and leaving the house.
The force has not disclosed the nature of the chemicals but ruled out links to explosives following rumours in the community, which were fuelled by the ongoing police presence.
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