Homes in Ashburton are evacuated in bomb scare

Properties in a town in Devon were evacuated after a suspicious object was found beside a river.

A member of the public reported seeing an object which "looked like a rusty WWII bomb" on a river bank in Ashburton at about 0920 BST, police said.

Up to 100 people were told to leave their homes when an area including Headborough Road, North Street, Rew Road and Westabrook were sealed off.

But bomb disposal experts examined the object and declared it safe.

Inspector Gareth Twigg, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "In a situation like this, until we get it confirmed by the experts, we have to make sure that everyone's safe."

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