Breaking news: Riverside Square evacuated after unexploded device pulled from river

Unexploded bomb sign

Bedfordshire Police have evacuated a number of buildings on Riverside Square, Bedford and cordoned off the area after what’s thought to be an old unexploded hand grenade was discovered in the river.

The device was reported at around 1.30pm and the Expolsive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has been called and a controlled explosion may be carried out.

It’s not known for certain how the device was found, but magnet fishing regularly takes place along the banks of the River Great Ouse, despite it not being permitted.

Read: Council confirm that ‘magnet fishing’ is not permitted in Bedford’s rivers and lakes

A council spokesperson said: “Magnet fishing is not permitted on the River Great Ouse or any of our parks. The activity, by its nature of removal of metal objects, can put those taking part and other members of the public in danger.”

Any closures, evacuations and emergency bomb disposal is funded by taxpayers.

Read: “Controlled detonation funded by tax-payers” confirms council

Update: Bedfordshire Police have said the device was taken off-site by the EOD and safely detonated by about 6pm.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available

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