EXCLUSIVE: World War Two shell blast scare - by Wesley Young

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A STREET in a Sheffield suburb was closed off after a man digging in his garden came across what was thought to have been a World War Two bomb.

Police warned residents in Townend Street, Crookes, to stay indoors after the shell was found shortly before 11am on Saturday.

A specialist bomb disposal unit was called and police officers urged residents whose houses backed onto the garden to stay at the front of their homes until the bomb was checked.

Chris Bradshaw, a student at The University of Sheffield, said: “I was told to be prepared for the possibility of being evacuated to a safer area.”

The all clear was given at around 1.55pm after the specialist unit confirmed the bomb to be an empty mortar shell.