Residents were ‘evacuated’ from their homes as police cordoned off a road following reports of an ‘unexploded bomb’ found in an Essex village.
Officers arrived at Rectory Lane, Abberton, in Colchester, shortly after 9.35am today (Tuesday, February 23), following reports of a ‘suspicious metal object,’ which was believed to have been an unexploded bomb in the grounds of a church.
Residents in the area claim to have been evacuated following police investigations.
One resident, who claimed to live in one of the three homes that was evacuated, said that their road was “suddenly surrounded by blue lights” as police arrived at the scene to investigate.
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The road cordon was eventually lifted almost two hours later, at around 11.20am, after officers found that the ‘unexploded bomb’ was in fact a piece of squashed metal.
A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “We were called to Rectory Lane, Abberton, shortly after 9.35am today, Tuesday, February 23, following a report of a suspicious metal object in the grounds of a church.
“It was reported to us that it may have been an unexploded bomb.
“A cordon was put in place for the safety of the public.
“It was discovered to be some squashed metal. The cordon was lifted at around 11.20am.”