A suspected hand grenade hidden away in an old fire place has been uncovered at a house in Southport.
Police have closed off a huge section of Albert Road in the town centre after it was reported that a hand grenade was uncovered hidden in an old fire place during decoration works.
The building and surrounding properties have been evacuated.
OTS News understands the suspected grenade was spotted lodged at the base of a chimney stack after decorators were assessing an old fire place in a residential building.
It’s not known how long the weapon may have been there before it was discovered.
Specialist bomb disposal units have been called to the scene and the area will be sealed off for a number of hours. sealed off for a number of hours.
Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that officers are in Southport attending to an incident this morning, Friday 24 June.
“At around 10.50am, we were called to flats on Albert Road to reports of a suspected grenade being found during building works. Enquiries are ongoing.
“A cordon is in place and Albert Road has been closed, at the junctions with North Street and Alexander Road. Please avoid the area.”