Bomb squad at Crown Point Road near Royal Armouries Museum after grenade "found by man magnet fishing"

Police have cordoned off Crown Point Road in Leeds this afternoon as roads and footpaths in the area were also closed after a bomb scare.

Saturday, 26th June 2021, 2:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th June 2021, 3:06 pm

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that a grenade has been found by a man who was magnet fishing in the River Aire.

Pictures show the large police presence in the area.

One eyewitness said: "There was a chap using a magnet to pull metal out of the river.

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Police have cordoned off Crown Point Road in Leeds this afternoon as roads and footpaths in the area were also closed.

"Police are awaiting for the bomb squad to arrive."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Closures are in place around Crown Point Road after a member of the public reported finding what was believed to be a grenade at around 1.23pm today.

"Enquiries are ongoing at the scene and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been requested to attend.

"People are requested to avoid the area at this time."