'Wartime bomb' disrupts Shrewsbury to Wrexham rail travel

Training device Image copyright North Wales Police

Train services between Shrewsbury and Wrexham were disrupted and homes evacuated when a wartime training device was found near a railway line.

Arriva Trains Wales said the line between the two stations had to be closed for a time on Monday morning.

The device was found in a garden in St Michael's Close, Ruabon, with a cordon in place and nearby homes evacuated.

North Wales Police said the World War Two bomb turned out to be a training device so did not contain explosives.

The line was close at about 11:20 BST and reopened an hour later, according to Network Rail.

A spokesperson for Arriva Trains Wales confirmed services were suspended while a bomb disposal team was called.

The company said services between the stations faced disruption until about 13:00 BST on Monday.

The device was found by a resident living in a block of flats.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: "We were clearing up at the back of the flats and a water butt was full of old, dirty water.

"We emptied it and found this thing at the bottom. We have no idea how long it had been there."

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