School closed and homes evacuated after 'unexploded device' found

Officers have requested the public to stay away from Invergordon Academy and the surrounding areas.

A school in the Highlands has been shut and nearby homes evacuated after a “First World War munitions device” was found in the area.

Emergency services are currently in attendance at Castle Terrace, Invergordon, after unexploded ordnance was discovered on Tuesday evening by first-time metal detectorist Ryan Junor, who was out with his son at the time.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) sqaud was called to the scene.

Nearby Invergordon Academy was closed down and the public have been urged to stay away from the area.

The device after it was discovered.
Insight Iain Ramage North reporter

Homes are being evacuated and a 200 meter cordon is being put up around a suspected First World War munitions device discovered in the Highlands.

The device was found on the playing field at Invergordon Rugby Club on Tuesday evening by a metal detectorist.

The Army look set to detonate the device in the next few hours.

The device was found a few metres away from the rugby clubhouse.

Roads have been closed in the surrounding area.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said : “Emergency services are in attendance at Castle Terrace, Invergordon after an unexploded ordnance was found.

“A cordon has been put in place and EOD have been contacted.

“Police in Invergordon are currently dealing with an incident at Castle Avenue and as a result a portion of the road between the junctions of Gordon Terrace and Academy Road is shut.

“Davidson Drive is also shut with no vehicular or pedestrian traffic permitted.

“Invergordon Academy will be closed until this incident reaches a conclusion.

“Members of the public are requested to stay away from the area in the meantime.”

Secondary school Invergordon Academy hosts over 363 pupils and describes itself as a “small school that plays a big role in the local community.”

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