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Cordon remains in place in Hereford following discovery of suspected phosphorus grenades

Joint statement from West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council

A cordon remains in place around the Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford today (Thursday, September 7).

Several homes and businesses have been evacuated and the cordon includes the closure of Fir Tree Lane at the junction of The Straight Mile, Skylon View Road at the junction of Beech Lane and a public footpath running from the north of the city to the Rotherwas Industrial Estate. The Hereford Archive and Record Centre is also closed until further notice.

A detailed plan has been agreed by all agencies involved, including ordnance specialists, with contingencies in place for managing the safe search, extraction and removal of any further similar devices located on site.

It is anticipated that no further road closures will be necessary for this work to take place, but public safety will remain our number one priority at all times.

We would like to stress that risks remain low and there is no need for undue concern, we have measures in place to ensure the safety of road users, nearby homes and businesses and workers on site.

We would like to thank the community for their continued support, we can assure you that we are working very hard to resolve the situation. The public's understanding and co-operation is very much appreciated.

Further information and updates will be provided when available.

Superintendent Sue Thomas - West Mercia Police and Geoff Hughes - Director Economies, Communities and Corporate, Herefordshire Council.

 

Issued: Thursday, September 7 2017, Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

 

Published 07/09/17