Somerset mortar shell discovery closes recycling centre

Police car at Williton Recycling Centre
Image caption Police were called and the recycling centre was closed just after midday

A recycling centre in Somerset was shut temporarily after a mortar shell was disposed of by a member of the public.

The British Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) removed the item before declaring the site safe to reopen.

During the alert, Williton Recycling Centre was shut to the public for a few hours.

A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said: "Do not take ammunition or explosives to recycling centres. Take all care when dealing with such items.

"If you have any ammunition or explosives for disposal, phone the police on 101 - or 999 if you have any concerns - for advice.

"If you find what could be unexploded ordnance, call 999 immediately."

Image caption A bomb disposal unit took the mortar shell away

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