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Burntwood building site evacuated after discovery of mortar shells

A large number of World War Two mortar shells have been found on a Burntwood building site.

The mortar shells found in Burntwood

The mortar shells found in Burntwood

The discovery was made by workmen at the site on Milestone Way in Chasetown.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “As a precautionary measure, a 200 metre cordon is in place and local businesses have been evacuated to ensure public safety.”

The mortars are not the first to be found in the area, with previous construction of housing developments near the site hampered by the discovery of military ordnance.

The process of making the area safe is expected to last “three to four hours”.

The police spokesperson added: “Army bomb disposal officers are now at the building site.

“The site is on land formerly occupied by a munitions factory and the officers are checking whether the shells have already been disarmed.

“The process is expected to take at least three to four hours, and any live shells will be taken away to allow a controlled explosion to be carried out.

“The area remains cordoned off as a precaution for public safety and we repeat our advice for people to stay away from the area until advised that the incident is over.”

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