Bomb alert as ‘training shell’ found in Sheffield

The Bomb Disposal team arrive on a closed Sheffield Road. 

Photo: Alex Roebuck

The Bomb Disposal team arrive on a closed Sheffield Road. Photo: Alex Roebuck

Bomb disposal experts were called in, a road was closed and homes evacuated in Sheffield for a second time this week - following the discovery of what turned out to be a training shell, said polce.

Army specialists were deployed to Tinsley after road workmen unearthed the shell on Friday, at 9.55am.

They alerted police, who closed the road, cordoned off the area and evacuated homes while the Army’s bomb disposal team arrived.

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

Police cordoned off the building site and evacuated nearby homes, while Sheffield Road was closed at the Tinsley roundabout, along with Lawrence Road and Raby Road.

On examination, the item was discovered to be a training shell and was taken away by the Army.

Yesterday’s suspicious item was spotted by staff working on a new £30 million road between Meadowhall Way and Sheffield Road aimed at reducing travel times by avoiding Junction 34 of the M1.

The road, due to open next year, is designed to create a faster route for buses, with a limited number of stops and passengers being able to buy tickets before boarding.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to Sheffield Road, Tinsley, 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 team 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.”

Linda Gibson, of Tinsley, said: “Workmen have been digging up the area for some time for the new road.

“Lots of police came yesterday when they found a suspicious item and they cordoned the area off.

“Police suspected it may have been an old war relic.”

It was the second time in a week bomb disposal experts had been called to Sheffield after a suspicious package was discovered on Monday.

Workmen discovered the item in an empty shop on Gibraltar Street, Shalesmoor – leading to rush-hour chaos as part of the city’s inner ring road was closed while experts attended the scene.

Residents and businesses were evacuated for around nine hours and roads shut while the item was examined.

A controlled explosion was carried out shortly after 10pm – although it was later discovered the item was a prop left behind by a paintballing business previously based in the unit.


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