South West Wales

Unexploded 'WWII shell' removed from Port Talbot line

Army bomb disposal experts have removed a device thought to be an unexploded wartime shell found next to the main Cardiff-Swansea rail line, say police.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the device was uncovered by construction workers 20ft (6m) from the line near the Tata steel works in Port Talbot.

BTP said the immediate area was evacuated and trains stopped while experts took away the shell.

The lunchtime incident caused "slight" delays to train services, said BTP.

The force said its officers and South Wales Police were called to the scene at 1213 BST on Wednesday.

"The device was uncovered by workers working close to the main line near the Tata steelworks at Port Talbot," said a spokesman.

"It wasn't clear whether or not it was an unexploded wartime shell, but the bomb disposal experts removed the device for a controlled explosion."

The incident was reported to be over at about 1420 BST, the spokesman said.

Delays of 40 minutes were reported on First Great Western and Arriva Trains Wales services.

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