Premises evacuated and bridge closed after bomb found in Rothbury

Shops and homes have been evacuated and a cordon put in place after a suspected Second World War bomb was found in Rothbury.

Friday, 16th December 2016, 11:19 am
Updated Saturday, 17th December 2016, 9:06 am
News from Northumbria Police

A 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.

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‘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.’