Tyne & Wear

Rothbury WW2 bomb scare: Homes and shops evacuated

Bridge at Rothbury Image copyright Bridge at Rothbury
Image caption Diversions are in place after the bridge was shut because of a bomb scare

Homes and shops have been evacuated after an unexploded World War Two bomb was found in a river.

Police were called to the main bridge at Rothbury just before 11:00 GMT after the device was spotted in the water.

As a precaution, Northumbria Police put up a 100m cordon and closed the bridge to traffic.

Police confirmed the device had now been taken away by disposal experts from Catterick. All roads have since reopened.

Stephen Bridgett, who represents Rothbury on Northumberland County Council, said: "From what I understand one of the regular checks on the bridge that are carried out by a company on behalf of the council discovered what looks like an old explosive device.

"The diver that found it is ex-forces and has seen a lot of things like this before and alerted the proper authorities."

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