Premises evacuated and bridge closed after bomb found in Rothbury

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The Second World War bomb found in Rothbury this morning has been recovered and taken away for a controlled explosion, with all cordons lifted and the bridge reopened.

Shops and homes were evacuated and a cordon had been put in place after the device was found earlier.

An earlier Northumbria Police statement said: ‘Police were called to the main bridge at Rothbury at 10.48am following reports that a WWII device had been discovered.

‘Officers attended the area next to the play park and found the device, believed to be a WWII bomb, in the water next to the bridge.

‘As a precaution, police have put a 100-metre cordon in place and local shops and homes have been evacuated.

‘The road over the bridge is closed with local diversions in place.

‘Emergency services remain on the scene and specialists from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team will attend the scene to identify the item and dispose of it appropriately.’