Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee street closed after grenade handed to officer

Bomb disposal experts have been called to inspect the item and make it safe
Image caption Bomb disposal experts have been called to inspect the item and make it safe

A city street has been closed after someone handed what appeared to be an old hand grenade to a police officer.

The officer was given the "badly corroded" grenade on Dura Street in Dundee at about 15:00.

It is understood the device was dug up by a man several years ago in Dundee and was passed to police after being found by a family member.

Bomb disposal experts have been called to inspect the item and make it safe, Tayside Police said.

A police spokesman added: "It has been placed on waste ground as safe a distance as possible from household properties.

"However, given the potential risk, police officers are closing the road in the immediate area and putting diversions in place until the OED [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] have dealt with the incident."

Residents have been warned by police to stay away from windows, close curtains and blinds and move to the opposite side of their homes away from the grenade.

Tayside Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service have also been sent to the scene.

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