Royston road closures lifted as specialist police officers remove and detonate Second World War shells

Roads are closed at the Cross and homes have been evacuated. Picture: Clive Porter

Roads are closed at the Cross and homes have been evacuated. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

The two Second World War shells found in what is believed to be King James I’s Old Palace hunting lodge in Royston earlier this afternoon are being detonated in open land nearby.

Police cordon off end of Kneesworth Street after police were alerted to the two unexploded shells. P

Police cordon off end of Kneesworth Street after police were alerted to the two unexploded shells. Picture: David Hatton - Credit: David Hatton

The shells were discovered at the Kneesworth Street site just before 1pm by workmen in the garden of the old hunting lodge.

Specialist Herts police officers are supporting the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team in transporting the devices to open ground in the north of the county.

The EOD team will then perform a controlled detonation of both devices within a cordoned off area.

Residents are advised that there will be a noise disturbance in the area.


You may also want to watch:


A number of nearby homes were evacuated and a police cordon was put in place to ensure the safety of the people living nearby.

The road closures put in place on Kneesworth Street at the junctions with Melbourn Street and Mill Road have now been lifted.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter