Military bomb disposal experts have been called to Invergordon after the discovery of unexploded ordnance was discovered yesterday evening by an amateur metal detectorist and his son. Invergordon primary and secondary schools have been closed for the day due to their proximity to the site. Residents in some nearby properties have been evacuated as a precaution whilst the device is investigated.
Part of the road between the junctions of Gordon Terrace and Academy Road is closed, with Davidson Drive also being closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
The Highland Council said approximately 700 pupils have been affected by the unplanned closures.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said:
“Emergency services are in attendance at Castle Terrace, Invergordon after an unexploded ordnance was found.
“A cordon has been put in place and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) has been contacted.
“Invergordon Academy will be closed until this incident concludes. Members of the public are requested to stay away from the area in the meantime.”
Residents who need to access the area of the town affected, can access it via the railway hump bridge.
A Royal Navy spokesman said:
“We can confirm that Charlie Squadron from the Faslane-based Diving Threat and Exploitation Group is attending the incident in Invergordon.
“They have dispatched a Royal Navy bomb disposal officer to the scene and are liaising with Police Scotland to deal with an item of historic ordnance which was found by a metal detectorist.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has said it has mobilised four appliances – two from Invergordon and two from Aberdeen – to be on standby at the scene whilst the incident is ongoing.
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