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Superintendent Jacqui Hawley, said: “This was a complicated and challenging case. The weapons and drugs cache identified at the Powderham Plantation in Devon represented one of the largest ever crime scenes in the UK, and took a total of three weeks to search and seize all the relevant exhibits; the cordon for this area was 10km long, alone.
“In total, this 18-day operation totalling 2,810 officer days was the most important issue in the country from a national counter terrorism ranking at that time.
“I am sure many local residents are shocked by what has been revealed at the Old Bailey during the sentencing of Ciaran Maxwell, and by the scale of what was discovered buried at the New Powderham Plantation. I want to reassure the public that at no time has there been any credible links to targets in Devon and Cornwall in connection to the weapons located near Exminster.
“I also wish to once again thank the public of Exminster for their warm and welcoming attitude they showed towards all who worked on this case. Despite the disruption, including having nationwide media descending on their quiet town, the public were polite and supportive towards my officers throughout.
“If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 . In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit www.gov.uk/ACT for more information, including how to report extremist or terrorist content that you come across online.”
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News