Update on Tavistock Road works – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council


A multi-agency meeting has been held today to discuss the best way of managing works being carried out on Tavistock Road following the discovery of 24 white phosphorus devices last week.

Excavation work on the central reserve remains temporarily suspended while partners discuss the potential for more devices to be found at this location and solutions on how to manage the risks this would pose, while minimising disruption to the travelling public.

It must be stressed that these risks, if managed carefully, are low but it is important that all scenarios are considered and a suitable and proportionate plan is collectively agreed and put in place.

Another multi-agency meeting is scheduled for tomorrow and we anticipate that a plan for moving forward will be in place within 24 hours.

In the meantime it has been agreed that works away from the central reserve can resume immediately.

Further updates will be issued as soon as they become available.

Anthony Payne, Strategic Director for Place, Plymouth City Council
Chief Superintendent Andy Boulting, Plymouth Commander, Devon and Cornwall Police