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Chemical alert after mystery liquid poured into hedge in Ipswich park

PUBLISHED: 18:57 14 July 2019 | UPDATED: 19:37 14 July 2019

Fire crews in Lakeside Road after reports of a hazardous substance being poured into a hedge in Stonelodge Park  Picture: Mark Langford

Fire crews in Lakeside Road after reports of a hazardous substance being poured into a hedge in Stonelodge Park Picture: Mark Langford

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Firefighters and the Environment Agency were called to the Chantry area of Ipswich after reports of people seen pouring a potentially hazardous liquid into a hedge.

Fire crews in Lakeside Road after reports of a hazardous substance being poured into a hedge in Stonelodge Park  Picture: Mark LangfordFire crews in Lakeside Road after reports of a hazardous substance being poured into a hedge in Stonelodge Park Picture: Mark Langford

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to Stonelodge Park, off Lakeside Road, just before 5.30pm on Sunday, July 14.

There were concerns over "hazardous materials", so emergency services were sent to investigate.

The entrance to Stone Lodge Park from Lakeside Road was taped off by the fire service as the area was checked.

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However the all clear was given by firefighters after around an hour in the park.

Station Commander Matthew Webster of Suffolk Fire and rescue Service said: "We did a full search of the area and cannot see any signs of a chemical.

"With an incident of this nature initial precautions were set up to stop people going into the park until we could be sure that the area was safe."

Mr Webster said firefighters had initially struggled to identify where to search from the information given by the public and he stressed the importance of people being able to give quality information to help them establish exactly where to go.

Station Commander Matthew Webster of Suffolk Fire & rescure Service Picture: MARK LANGFORDStation Commander Matthew Webster of Suffolk Fire & rescure Service Picture: MARK LANGFORD

"Fixed landmarks and post codes are really helpful and save us valuable time," he said.

He encouraged anyone with a smart phone to download the What 3 Words app as that narrowed down someone's location to three square metres of their position.

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