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BOMB Squad Called After 'Grenade-Like' Object Found At Greenock Recycling Centre

AN army bomb squad was called in after a report of a possible explosive device being found at the Inverclyde Council's recycling facility in Greenock

The object was described as being like an old grenade. Staff were evacuated and the area cordoned off following the discovery at the premises at Ingleston Park, Cartsburn Street.

Emergency services stood by at the scene awaiting the arrival of a Royal Logistic Corps bomb disposal team from Edinburgh.

A council spokesman said: “A member of staff at the council recycling facility in Greenock discovered what appeared to be an explosive device while sorting materials. It was immediately moved to a secure location on the site and the building was evacuated as a precaution and emergency services notified. 

"Photographs were sent to the army who advised that it appeared to be a distraction device designed to make a loud noise. A team from the army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment were sent and the device has been safely removed.”

An Army spokeswoman said: “These items are not uncommon and the best thing to do if anyone finds anything like them, is to do exactly what happened today: leave it alone, move everyone out of the way and call the police who will liaise with the EOD people.” 

Police Scotland released a statement on Monday afternoon saying: "Around 11.15am, police were called to Upper Cartsburn Street, Greenock, following the discovery of a possible explosive device – described as an old grenade. Emergency services are in attendance and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team will carry out enquiries to confirm the identity of the device. A number of people have been evacuated and the area has been cordoned off as a precaution."

| Video of bomb squad arriving on Inverclyde Now YouTube channel

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