Police swooped to the scene and evacuated an area of Leeds city centre after the discovery of a “rusty metal object” on Wednesday – which sparked bomb fears. The object was pulled out of the River Aire this afternoon. Experts from the Army are believed to have been called in to assist officers on the scene.
It came after magnet fishers discovered the object near Granary Wharf centre earlier this afternoon.
A huge area was quickly cordoned off as explosive experts dealt with the incident.
Police urged the public to avoid the area as they investigated the object.
Leeds lockdown: Streets shut off
Police rushed to the scene
The police issued a statement on social media around 3.30pm on Wednesday.
West Yorkshire Police said: “Police are currently dealing with an incident in Leeds Leeds City Centre where a rusty metal object was found in the river in Canal Wharf.
“A cordon is in place and the local area has been evacuated.
“The public are advised to avoid the area at this time.”
Evacuation in Leeds
At just after 5pm police confirmed that the object in question was a “mooring post”.
They updated residents in a statement noting the cordon had been removed.
They said: “Further enquiries have established the object is a mooring post.
“The cordon has now been removed. Thank you for your patience.”
While the incident was ongoing, footage on social media from the scene showed traffic being diverted away from the area.
Neville Street also appeared to have been closed while officers dealt with the incident.
The incident caused traffic up to the city centre.
Ian Major, 39, from Leeds discovered the item while magnet fishing.
The object was described as “about a foot wide and five inches in diameter”.
Incident taking place near Granary Wharf
Police rushed to the scene within minutes of a call being made, according to the Mr Major.
He said: “We thought it was a shell. My mate got in touch with one of his mates who’s at Catterick and he just said ‘call it in, it’s better to be safe than sorry’ and that it needs further investigation so I made the 999 call.”
He also told Leeds Live: ”The police were on site within a couple of minutes.
“Straight away they put a cordon off and that was about it.”