Bomb scare closes 3.5 mile stretch of A45 near Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Bomb scare closes 3.5 mile stretch of A45 near Rugby

A BOMB scare led to the closure of a main road near Rugby yesterday (Tuesday July 2).

A 3.5 mile stretch of the A45 London Road – between the Memorial Island roundabout at Stretton-on-Dunsmore and the junction with the M45 near Dunchurch – was closed following the discovery of what was suspected to be an unexploded World War II mortar shell.

The road reopened after a bomb disposal team confirmed the item was not an explosive device.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: “It was initially believed to be a World War II mortar shell so as a precaution we put in a cordon around it. Explosives experts attended and established it wasn’t an explosive, so the cordon was lifted.

“Thank you for your patience while we dealt with this incident, hopefully you will appreciate we can’t take any chances with incidents such as this.”

The spokesperson added that the bomb disposal team were not sure what the item was.

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