Bomb disposal team called to Seaham tip

Emergency services were called to Strangford Road in Seaham after reports that suspicious items were found at a skip.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 5:32 pm
A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary has said a bomb disposal team was called to Seaham's Strangford Road.
A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary has said a bomb disposal team was called to Seaham's Strangford Road.

Durham County Council have confirmed “some items of concern” were found within a skip at their Household Waste Recycling Centre in Seaham on Wednesday morning (May 13).

The discovery prompted the temporary closure of the site, while police dealt with the incident.

A bomb disposal team was called to the scene as well and it is believed the items were “railway detonators”, police have said.

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The objects were removed later the same afternoon.

A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: “Police were called just after 10 am yesterday to reports of suspicious items being found at a waste management company, in Strangford Road, Seaham.”

“A bomb disposal team was called and took away the items which are believed to have been railway detonators at 2.30 pm.”

Oliver Sherratt, head of environment at Durham County Council, said: “I can confirm some items of concern were found within a skip at our Household Waste Recycling Centre in Seaham yesterday morning.

"As soon as staff made the discovery, we followed the correct procedure for incidents of this nature.

"This included closing and clearing the site immediately and seeking professional support to remove the items. This was carried out swiftly and the site was safe to reopen at 1pm.”

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