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Saturday, May 1, 1999 Published at 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK

London bomb squad find explosives

"Combustible materials" were found at this house in Hampshire

Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the London nail bombings after finding a haul of explosives.

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They swooped on a house in Cove, Hampshire, on Saturday morning. Police arrested a man and confirmed that "combustible materials" were present.

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More than 30 officers have sealed off a residential street and the search for clues is expected to take several days.

Two men and a woman - both unidentified - died in the blast at the Admiral Duncan, a gay pub in Soho, on Friday night. It was the third nail bomb attack in two weeks.

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Another 66 people were injured - more than 20 remain in hospital and five are in critical condition. Home Secretary Jack Straw has visited many in hospital and spoken of his outrage.

The Queen has sent her sympathies to those injured - mostly men in their 20s and 30s. Some had limbs blown off and other were seriously burned.

At University College Hospital 14 people were treated and seven were seriously injured. Doctors described the casualties as having suffered "horrific, appalling and devastating injuries".

Andy Tighe reports on an unusual quiet on a Saturday morning in Soho
Right-wing terror group, the White Wolves, has claimed responsibility for the bomb. They also claimed to have carried out the earlier attacks in Brixton and Brick Lane, both in London.

Residents evacuated

A senior officer from Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch said the Hampshire man was arrested as a result of information prompted by a CCTV video still.

Sue Haley reports from Cove in Hampshire
"He is a male in his early 20s and he has been taken to a central London police station in connection with the Brick Lane and Brixton bombs," he said. "He is a good likeness for the video still."

Residents in Sunnybank Road in Cove were told to grab their children and leave their homes as detectives sealed off a quiet street.

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Two injured men stand outside the pub
Sharon Wells, who lives three doors away from the house where the arrest was made, said she had been told that explosives were found inside.

She said: "We used to let our children run around but I'm going to ship them out today. We've heard that the house is a bomb factory. It's frightening."

Detectives arrested four other people in connection with the bombings, but they have been freed on police bail.

Straw anger

Mr Straw, visiting the injured at University College Hospital, said the bombs were attacks on "the whole of British society and they will not succeed".

He said the medical staff were so ''appalled'' by the scenes that they had been unable to express a reaction.

Earlier, representatives of the gay rights' group Stonewall met Mr Straw at the Home Office.

Stonewall's Mark Watson said: "He just wanted to give us his support and to say they were taking this very seriously."

Asst Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, David Veness: Security video footage released evoked tremendous public response
At a news conference Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Condon appealed for calm and for people to remain vigilant.

Sir Paul denied that the police had been caught off guard, branding the allegation "offensive and inaccurate".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Condon appeals for "calm, cooperation, vigilence and further information"
He said Soho pubs and clubs had been visited before Friday, including the Admiral Duncan. "That pub was actually displaying one of our warning notices," he said.

"Every bomb in a great city like this is an outrage. Every death is a tragedy. There are two families this morning who are mourning the loss of loved ones."

Search for clues

Forensic scientists and anti-terrorist squad officers are still combing the scene for clues. The area is still cordoned off. Posters reading "They can't kill us all" have been put up all over Soho.

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Earlier, Mr Straw ruled out moves to outlaw far-right groups. He told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "There are many practical objections to banning organisations like these.

"I have had no representations from the police about whether there would be any practical, positive advantage to banning organisations like these.''

Friends or relatives worried about the injured can telephone Scotland Yard's casualty bureau on 0171 834 7777.

Anyone with information should contact the police, in confidence, on the anti-terrorist branch hotline on 0800 789321

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