[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Bomb squad at Big Brother house
Kemal Shahin
Kemal is favourite to win
An Army bomb disposal team has been called to Channel 4's Big Brother house to examine a suspect package.

The experts were called by production staff at the complex in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, at 1230 BST on Monday.

"The package was X-rayed but it was found not to be suspicious," said a spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police.

During series four of the reality show in 2003 contestants were moved out of the house following a bomb scare, which also turned out to be a false alarm.

On that occasion they were kept in a secure location for three hours, still under the constant watch of cameras.

This time the housemates were unaware of the drama happening outside and nominations for the next eviction went ahead.

Rows continue

Twelve housemates remain in the show following the eviction of white witch Mary on Friday.

The current series, which is the sixth, continues to attract high audiences, with four million tuning into Sunday night's edition.

Male belly dancer Kemal Shahin is still favourite to win the 11-week show's 100,000 prize, with bookmakers Ladbrokes slashing his odds from 7/2 to 3/1.

Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said: "It may be early days but it is a case of Kemal first, the rest nowhere."

Sam Heuston is favourite to be up for eviction next following rows with several of the housemates.


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific