I am near Barton Avenue in the Keyham area of the city where a steady stream of residents inside the new cordon have been coming home to collect items.

There are police officers standing on every corner advising residents what to do.

People are generally happy the situation is coming to a head – albeit a tad annoyed at the inconvenience of the past few days.

I witnessed a man talking to an officer telling him he would not be moving.

The officer calmly replied he was able to do as he wished but the advice was there for his own safety.

Police have also been assisting residents move their animals from their homes.

One resident I spoke to said the bizarre situation of the past few days was simply part and parcel of living in a city with a wartime past.