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Bomb disposal team arrives in Inverness after suspected bomb found near Kessock Bridge


By Ian Duncan


Members of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team looking at the object while it was still submersed near Kessock Bridge in Inverness.
Members of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team looking at the object while it was still submersed near Kessock Bridge in Inverness.

Part of Stadium Road has been closed while bomb disposal experts inspect an object found in the sand of the Moray Firth.

The suspected bomb was found by metal detectorists on Wednesday afternoon but it has proved difficult to get to because of the tides.

The team from the Royal Navy, which is based in Faslane near Helensburgh, arrived at around 12.30pm today and they were joined by members of the coastguard as well as two police officers. The road was closed around at 1.30pm.

The Royal Navy bomb disposal team has arrived. Picture: James MacKenzie
The Royal Navy bomb disposal team has arrived. Picture: James MacKenzie

Coastguard area commander Fiona Hastie, who is based in Inverness, said: "We are waiting for the tide to go right down then the navy will have a look and try to identify it. It is common – Nairn beach gets quite a lot but it's not for this shoreline."

It was found around 100m from the Kessock Bridge and just yards from Caley Thistle's home ground in Stadium Road.

Members of the Coastguard and Royal Navy bomb disposal team wait for the tide to go out near Kessock Bridge in Inverness.
Members of the Coastguard and Royal Navy bomb disposal team wait for the tide to go out near Kessock Bridge in Inverness.

However, due to the incoming tide, coastguard officers could only cordon off the object before returning to the scene both yesterday and today.

Related article: Suspected bomb found near Kessock Bridge and Caley Thistle stadium in Inverness



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