Device found at Maesglas store in Newport is 'not a bomb'
Updated 8:26am Tuesday 17th June 2014 in Gwent news
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- Bomb squad say device is 'not a bomb'
- Device is 'old Victorian pressure vessel'
- Stores evacuated on Maesglas Retail Park
- 190 pupils evacuated from nearby school
- Cordon has been set up after workmen found what is believed to be a Second World War bomb.
Gwent Police have said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) have now established that the device found this afternoon on a construction site at Maesglas Retail Park is not a bomb and does not pose any risk to the public.
The EOD have described it as an "old Victorian pressure vessel".
Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD) team at outer cordon of Mendalgief Retail Park. Pic: Jon Bevan
The Explosives Ordnance Division (EOD) have arrived at Maesglas Retail Park.
Newport Bus say their 35/36 service are still operating via Cardiff Rd only due to the road closures.
Pictures of the unexploded device from site manager Ian Griffiths:
Congestion is reported on Docks Way in both directions between Maesglas Retail Park roundabout and the Mendalgief Road junction because of the bomb incident.
Cordon is being made bigger and we are being pushed back. Looking like cordon could be in place all night— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Gwent Police confirmed nine properties on Mendalgief Road have been evacuated
They added residents are advised to avoid the area if possible as the cordon has resulted in a number of road closures which have created significant congestion.
WW2 Army jeep turns up at Police Cordon along Docks Way. Unrelated to suspected WW2 bomb found at Pets At Home. pic.twitter.com/Frx3dIELTf— Jon Bevan (@ArgusJBevan) June 16, 2014
Workers have just been told they won't be allowed back in and to make their way home. Many of their cars, house keys etc are in the cordon— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
The YMCA on Mendalgief Road is shut too:
The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Division) representative has arrived at scene in unmarked vehicle.
For all those concerned, I have had assurance the animals at Pets at Home have been made safe and have all they need. The vet from Pets at Home went into the store with police to make sure the animals were ok and had food and water. She said: "There's no concern there."
Workers are still waiting on the roadside as their cars remain in the cordon— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Inspector Hocking-Brown of Gwent Police confirmed EOD have said it could be an unexploded device after looking at photos. The bomb squad are now on their way but police say it could be an hour until they arrive.
Understood EOD believe it is an explosive device and will be attending. Unclear where they are coming from and how long they will take— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
There were certainly bombs dropped on the area during the Second World War as this list shows.
Workers from the retail park further up Docks Way have come out to see why they haven't got any customers pic.twitter.com/84nIO1kbvy— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
It is understood the animals have not been evacuated from Pets at Home— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Our reporter Laura Lea says workmen alerted police after finding device about four feet down as they were digging to erect bollards putside the store. The device is about 18 inches in diameter and a reddish colour with straps.
A police inspector at the scene says it is only partly exposed so its true size is unknown. The nature of the device is yet to be confirmed by bomb squad.
Cordon on Docks Way side of Mendalgief retail park pic.twitter.com/0SgJweMkQx— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Around 190 pupils have been evacuated from St Michael's RC Primary School on nearby Baldwin Close.
Gwent Police confirmed they werer dealing with "a possible bomb." A spokesman said Maesglas Retail Park had been evacuated and a cordon put in place "as a precautionary measure" and that they had informed the The Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD).
They are advising people to avoid the area if possible as the cordon has resulted in a number of road closures which have created significant congestion.
Docks Way is closed both ways due the reported discovery of bomb. A diversion is in place via the SDR.
Reader Rob Higgins took this shot of the evacuation earlier:
Picture from Lee Evans of police at the scene and shoppers being evacuated:
Inspector Hocking-Brown said they are now waiting for the EOD to hav a look at device— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Some properties on Mendalgief Rd have been evacuated. In process of evacuating more now.— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Scene of the bomb scare:
All workers have been evacuated including those from Home Bargains who have been told to go home— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
A police cordon is in place after a bomb was allegedly found by people doing works outside Pets at Home store in Maesglas— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Staff have been warned that the cordon will remain for at least four-five hours.
I'm hearing Police have taken pictures of cylindrical metal device and sent them to Army Bomb Disposal for verification— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) June 16, 2014
Workmen erecting a glass front to the shop were digging and unearthed a 'shiny metal object' described as 'looking like a large World War Two bomb'.
Tile and Bath Co, Lidl, Next, Argos, Dreams, TK Maxx, b&m, Home and Bargains and Pets at Home have all been evacuated.
Police have started to evacuate nearby homes in Pill. Traffic is being redirected via Cardiff Road and the SDR.
A 500m cordon has been set up around Pets at Home after people were evacuated at around 1.30pm.
Stores have been evacuated at Maesglas Retail Park after a 'WWII bomb' has been found.
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