Birmingham & Black Country

Oldbury roads closed as World War II shell discovered

Roads were closed in part of the West Midlands after a World War II shell was found on a building site.

Police were called by construction workers on Seymour Road in Oldbury at 1200 BST on Tuesday.

The Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the scene and the device was made safe at 1535 BST.

A cordon put in place to ensure the safety of people living and working locally has been lifted and all roads reopened.

'Swift conclusion'

Rood End Road, Beresford Road and Seymour Road were all affected.

Ch Supt Mark Robinson, commander for Sandwell police, said the alert was brought to a "safe and swift conclusion", meaning roads were able to reopen in time for the evening rush hour.

He said: "We understand that the closures may have caused some disruption for people travelling through the Oldbury area, however ensuring the safety of all people in the vicinity is always our primary concern.

"We thank those affected by this afternoon's events for their patience and understanding."

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