UPDATE, WITH VIDEO: Package taken away from Barrowcliff property after unexploded device found

Army bomb disposal officers and police are at the scene of an incident in Scarborough, after an unexploded device was found.

By Steve Bambridge
Thursday, 28th May 2020, 5:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 5:10 pm

During a search at a property in Barrowcliff Road earlier today, police officers discovered an old unexploded device.

The property is within a three-storey block of flats, near the junction of Barrowcliff Road and Wreyfield Drive, opposite Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church.

A cordon was put in place by police, with approach roads sealed off, including at Wreyfield Drive shops. The row of shops closed as a precaution.

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers arrived at the scene mid-afternoon.

A trusted eyewitness at the scene reported that armed police were also in attendance, and that a package was removed from the property. Some reports suggest it might be an old hand grenade, but that has not been confirmed.

Neighbouring residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and were taken to the nearby school as a place of safety.

Members of the public were asked to avoid the area.