Chemical incident at playground

EMERGENCY services are currently at the scene of a suspected chemical incident in Haverhill.

A SUSPECTED chemical incident in Haverhill turned out to be a false alarm, it was discovered this afternoon.

Police and eight fire crews were on standby in School Lane at playing fields behind St Felix Primary School after white powder was discovered on some children's playing equipment.

Officers were called at about 10.10am and the scene was cordoned off as a precautionary measure.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said they are treating it as a chemical incident and tests were due to be carried out by specialists to determine what the substance is.

At about 3.50pm Suffolk police confirmed those tests proved the substance to be non hazardous.

Fire crews from Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Holbrook were at the scene, with some specialist units, taking precautionary steps.