A Buckinghamshire woman was evacuated from her home after reporting a white substance being posted through her letterbox. Emergency services rushed to the scene where the powder had been posted on Wednesday (October 19) evening.
Fire crews and police officers arrived at the scene at Mursley Court, in the Milton Keynes town of Stony Stratford, after police received reports of criminal damage at around 6.20pm. Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service also received a report of a white substance being posted through the letterbox of a first-floor flat.
One fire engine and crew from Newport Pagnell station were joined at the scene by colleagues at Winslow. The white powder was sprayed into the address about 10 minutes before the police call.
The woman was evacuated from the property and did not suffer any injuries. Firefighters from Oxfordshire joined the Buckinghamshire crews in inspecting the home.
As a result, the white powder is believed to have been from a fire extinguisher. The woman was then able to re-enter her home.
The area was cordoned off until the substance was identified. A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “We received a report of criminal damage at an address in Mursley Court, Stony Stratford, at around 6.20pm on Wednesday, October 19.
"About 10 minutes earlier, a white powder was sprayed into the address. Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service cordoned off the street until the substance was identified as a dry fire extinguisher.
"Officers are investigating and urge anyone with information to call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43220470815. Alternatively, provide information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”
A Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: "An appliance and crew from Newport Pagnell and Winslow , along with two appliances and crew from Oxfordshire, attended an incident involving white substance through a letter box of a first-floor flat. Thames Valley Police were also in attendance.
"One female was withdrawn from the property uninjured prior to the arrival of the fire crews. Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and [a] gas monitor.
"After inspection, the white powder was believed to be from a fire extinguisher and the homeowner was allowed to renter the property. Crews fitted the property with an arson letterbox and smoke alarm."