Unexploded shell brings lessons to a halt at Leeds school

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A BOMB disposal team was called after a member of staff found part of an unexploded military shell inside a Tingley high school.

Children and staff were evacuated from Woodkirk High School, in Rein Road, Tingley, yesterday after the top half of what was believed to be a live military shell was discovered.

The police were called to the scene at 11.25am and cordoned off the scene before bomb disposal experts from the Army moved in to examine it and make the device safe.

Coun Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “The safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff in our schools is our utmost priority.

“The area that the object was found in was sealed off, and children and staff were quickly moved on to a safe area until the school were notified that the shell was a dummy replica.

“The school worked with the police who cordoned off the part of the school where the object was found.”

The shell was found to contain no explosive element and was removed from the school’s grounds.

An army spokeswoman said: “A disposal team went to the scene and got a 9cm piece of metal, which they’re describing as a projectile.

“It has been taken away for disposal so no controlled explosion has taken place yet.”

It is not known how the object got into the school.

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