Southend Hospital evacuated after 'hand grenade' spotted
Part of a hospital in Essex has been evacuated after an item that "looked like a hand grenade" was found.
Southend Hospital said the "suspect package" had been spotted in its heart and chest clinic. Prittlewell Close was closed as a precaution.
Essex Police said a member of staff had found the package on the first floor of a tower block at about 15:45 GMT.
A spokeswoman for the force said an Army bomb disposal team took the item away for testing.
She said: "Inquiries into how the item came to be in the building are continuing."
People have been allowed to return to the hospital.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "The immediate incident at Southend University Hospital has now been resolved but the hospital remains on a major internal incident."