THE man who was arrested by police following a bomb alert in Devizes in October was due to have appeared before a judge tomorrow (Wed) but the case has been adjourned until February 4.

Kubilay Bostani, 22, of Anzio Road was arrested by police after the bomb squad was called to the road where he lived on October 23.

People were evacuated from their homes after a suspicious substance was found.

Bostani appeared before Swindon Magistrates charged with having an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose, possession of a knife blade in a public place, possession of a class B drugs and harassment without violence.

He was remanded in custody and then appeared at Swindon Magistrates on November 1 when he was sent for trial.

Court papers said that between September 28 and October 23 he had in his possession an improvised explosive device and he was denied bail.

He was also charged with having a class B drug and that he had a knife with him at a public place at St Edith's Court.

He is also accused of harassment of a man between June 26 and October 17, 2019.

He will now appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on February 4.

The drama started at around 12.30pm on October 23 when police were called to Anzio Road and evacuated people from their homes.

They were not allowed back home until late in the evening when a cordon was lifted. Many people were worried about animals they had left behind and getting messages to children due home from school.

Evacuees were looked after at the nearby Hour Glass pub where Wiltshire Council gave out advice and others were given warm drinks at the fire service training centre on t he Hopton Industrial Estate.

A man in his 20s were arrested that evening after extensive investigations. A police spokesman said at the time: "At approximately 10.40pm officers arrested a local man aged in his 20s on suspicion of possessing/controlling an explosive substance."

Duty Supt Chris Chammings said at the time: “This incident has understandably had a large impact on the local community, specifically those residents who have been evacuated from their homes for a lengthy period of time."