Bomb squad called to Sheffield

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The bomb squad was called to a Sheffield suburb today following the discovery of what turned out to be a training shell.

Workmen made the discovery on land off Sheffield Road, Tinsley, while digging up an area where a new link road between Sheffield and Rotherham is to be built.

The workers notified South Yorkshire Police of their concerns about the item they uncovered this morning, and the army’s bomb squad was then informed.

Police cordoned off the building site and evacuated nearby homes while the item is examined.

Sheffield Road was closed at the Tinsley roundabout, as were Lawrence Road and Raby Road, but all roads have now been re-opened.

The bomb squad was called to Sheffield city centre on Monday afternoon following the discovery of another suspicious package on Gibraltar Street, Shalesmoor.

It turned out to be a prop from a paintballing business which used to be based on Gibraltar Street.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “All roads in the Tinsley area of Sheffield are now re-open.

“Police were called to Sheffield Road, Tinsley at 9.55am today after workmen dug up an unidentified item.

“Roads were closed as a precaution while police and specialists worked to identify what the item was.

“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal, attended and the item was found to be a training shell, which had been underground for some time.

“Police would like to thank motorists and residents for their patience during the investigation.”