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Barrie neighbourhood under lockdown as police deal with undisclosed incident

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There was a large police presence in the west end of Barrie, Ont., on Wednesday morning, with part of the area blocked off.

Police, fire, and paramedics responded to an incident at 108A Anne Street near Edgehill Drive in Barrie just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, said Peter Leon, corporate communications coordinator with Barrie police.

“At that time, a vehicle was located that sustained significant damage as a result of the ongoing investigation,” Leon said.

Due to an ongoing investigation in the Anne Street and Edgehill Drive area, the #BarriePolice have closed roads in that area. Details specific to this incident will be provided only when the investigation permits.

— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) September 27, 2023

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Barrie police had closed an area from Wellington at Anne Street to Kevin Drive at Anne and Leacock Drive and Ferndale Drive, including the Anne Street Bridge.

Update #1: The area of the closure made by #BarriePolice now includes – Anne St. & Wellington St., Anne St. and Gibbon Dr. & Leacock Dr. and Edgehill Dr. People who reside within this area will be advised when the roads & area are reopened.

— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) September 27, 2023

The area was blocked to people and traffic.

Leon said those in the area who had not been evacuated, were being urged to stay in their homes and to avoid the area.

“Shelter in place,” Leon said Wednesday. “If you do have to head out for obvious reasons to take your pet or something, do so but please return to your home.”

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“We’re doing this in the interest of public safety as we’re still dealing with the ongoing occurrence from early this morning.”

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Barrie Police Update #2

— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) September 27, 2023

When asked about reports of a possible explosion, Leon said police are unable to release details.

“I hope to be able to do so in the very near future, but we do have a significant amount of police resources, and we’ve identified a number of resources that were required from within our service to deal with this situation effectively and efficiently, and we’re doing so as we speak,” Leon said.

He said it is believed the incident is isolated to the area.

This is a developing situation and Global News will provide updates as they become available.