Berkshire news Fake bomb found in 'sleepy village' shuts road MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Police shut off a road after the item was left by bottle banks at Riseley Village Hall
Breaking News ! People in a quiet Berkshire village were left shocked when a fake bomb was left at the bottle bank. Police were called to Riseley Village Hall in Odiham Road on Tuesday, January 12. They found someone had left a device, shaped like a alarm clock with what appeared to be sticks of dynamite attached to it. A member of the public found the item at the bank near the village hall, which is operated by Swallowfield Parish Council, and alerted Parish Council clerk Liz Halson, who called the police. Officers arrived within minutes, and after realising the potentially serious nature of the incident, shut a section of the road between The Bull Pub and Wellington Country Park while an investigation was carried out. Ms Halson told BerkshireLive a bomb disposal expert and dog were called to the scene, who were quickly able to ascertain it was a fake. Sign up for BerkshireLive's newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the BerkshireLive newsletter. Every morning, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories from across the county straight to your inbox. So you won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. All you need to do is type your email address into the 'sign up to our newsletter' box - found at the top of this article as well as on any stories on the websites.
. A member of the public found it and it did look like it could be a bomb. "The police arrived really quickly and shut off part of the road. "They were able to tell pretty quickly it was a fake and the whole thing was over relatively quickly. "It's concerning that someone would do something like that though, even if it's just kids messing about." She added the police officers who attended are "definitely taking it seriously". A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: "Thames Valley Police were called at around 1.10pm to reports of a suspicious item in Odiham Road. "Cordons were put in place whilst specialist officers were called to examine the item. "Following examination, the item was confirmed not to pose any risk to the public and the cordons have now been lifted. "An investigation into the origin of the item is ongoing."
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