Residents evacuated after ‘unexploded bomb’ found in garden

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RESIDENTS in a West Yorkshire village were briefly evacuated from their homes this morning after reports of an unexploded bomb in the area.

Bomb disposal experts from the army base at Catterick travelled to Braithwaite, on the outskirts of Keighley, following the discovery.

A section of Braithwaite Road was cordoned off and ambulances put on standby.

The suspicious object was found in the garden of a house on Braithwaite Road.

Police later said the item was believed to be part of a World War Two shell and “not hazardous”. It has been collected by a team from Catterick and the cordon stood down.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Seven or eight houses were initially evacuated on either side of the road. The cordon has been stood down and all those evacuated have been told to return.”