An area of Kirkby Industrial Estate was closed today after a suspected WW2 bomb was discovered.

Police cordoned off the area just after 1pm after construction workers found the device on their site on Birchall Road at around 1pm.

Bomb disposal units were called into the investigate the device near the Baker Hughes oil factory.

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Construction site where suspected unexploded WW2 bomb was found in Kirkby

Brendon Whittaker a member of staff at KR Webster on Birchall Road said: “Police blocked vehicles from travelling down Kirkby Bank Road and a man in a high vis jacket came into the store and told us to put the shutters down and move to the back of the shop.“

Mr Whittaker continued: “We lifted the shutters when police lifted the cordon around 4pm but they had been on site for around two or three hours.“

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said that the bomb squad had removed the suspected device and had confirmed that it was a solid piece of metal that dates back to WW2.

– Liverpool Echo