BREAKING: Controlled explosion to be carried out in Rotherham

A controlled explosion is due to be carried out on a suspicious package found in Rotherham.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 10:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:06 pm
Sheffield Road

The package was found in the car park of a training centre on Temple Road, off Sheffield Road, close to the Templeborough pub.

Police officers called to the scene have sealed off the area and evacuated local businesses.

A controlled explosion is due to be carried out by the army's bomb squad.

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Phil Coley, director of Duo Call Communications, which is close to the police cordon, said: "They are taking this extremely seriously.

"I suppose it could be a bag that somebody has left by mistake, but they have to take it seriously.

"They evacuated our building because of how close we are to where the package has been found.

"There were two or three police cars at first but then loads arrived and they were turning cars away from the area."

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "A cordon is currently in place on Temple Road, Rotherham, after police received reports of a possible suspicious package at around 9am this morning."The site and surrounding areas have been secured and police are currently liaising with the explosive ordinance disposal unit."Sheffield Road and Temple Road have both been closed."