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Neighbours evacuated after suspicion cube van pulled over

Police have cordonned off Reeder Road and evacuated nearby homes as a precautionary measure after pulling over this white cube van, and discovering some suspicious contents on Thursday morning. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Police have cordonned off Reeder Road and evacuated nearby homes as a precautionary measure after pulling over this white cube van, and discovering some suspicious contents on Thursday morning.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A suspicious white cube van that had been gingerly making its way down Reeder Road prompted Mounties to pull it over, and now neighbours have been asked to evacuate their homes.

This all unfolded around 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the 7500 block of Reeder Road in the Broadmoor neighbourhood near Thomas Errington Elementary School.

A neighbour, who had been asked to evacuate, contacted The Richmond Review Thursday, and said that the van had been pulled over after it was driving so slowly as to raise alarm bells.

Police investigators are currently interviewing the driver, Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said Thursday around noon.

Containers of chemicals were found inside the vehicle, and as a precautionary measure, residents in the immediate area have been evacuated, and streets in the surrounding neighbourhood have been closed to vehicular and foot traffic, Turley said.

The RCMP's clandestine lab team is currently assisting with the scene, and the RCMP's command vehicle is also at the site of the investigation just west of No. 3 Road, and south of Francis Road.

Police were expecting to remain at the scene for about four or five hours.

"At this time the exact contents of the containers in the vehicle are not known, however we can confirm that there is no immediate threat to the public," Turley said.

A witness said a large Caucasian man was pulled from the van, and was taken away by police.

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