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Braid Fell bomb disposal team withdrawal reprieved

Bomb in the ground
Image caption The withdrawal has been put on hold until mid-December when the decision will be reviewed

Plans to withdraw a bomb disposal team from a wartime weapons range have been postponed over safety fears.

The Ministry of Defence delayed the team's move from Braid Fell near Cairnryan, Wigtownshire, after pressure from the local MP.

Russell Brown said there was a risk of the public coming into contact with ammunition or explosives in the area, popular with walkers and cyclists.

The MoD had planned to pull out the team from the range earlier this month.

A spokesman said the risk of anyone coming into contact with munitions on the site was now as low as reasonably practical.

However, the withdrawal has been put on hold until mid-December when the decision will be reviewed.

Mr Brown, Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said he welcomed the reprieve for the bomb disposal unit.

He said the MoD's figures showed that 110 unexploded weapons had been found on the site in the past year and more than 800 targets removed.

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