Derby

'WWII' mortar found in Matlock car park

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Media captionDerbyshire Police said 12 homes were evacuated for up to three hours as a precaution

A bomb disposal team has been called to a Derbyshire car park following the discovery of a mortar.

The wartime device was found at about 11:50 BST by workers resurfacing the car park in Cavendish Road, Matlock.

Officers from Derbyshire Police set up a cordon around the area where the device - thought to be from World War II - was found.

Neighbouring properties were also evacuated and a controlled explosion was carried out at about 15:00 BST.

Insp Richard Booth said: "The big issue for us is public safety and as a matter of precaution we put a cordon on and evacuated about a dozen houses nearby.

"We don't take any chances with anything like this and put everything in place to make sure that, if something is awry, nobody is going to get harmed."

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