VIDEO: Bomb disposal squad at Shopwyke, Chichester

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A Royal Navy bomb disposal squad has been called to an area near Shopwyke Nurseries, Chichester, where a suspected unexploded device was found.

Shop owner Simon Thomas said a cylinder he thought might be an explosive shell had been found in a box of items at the shop.

Bomb disposal team arrive at Shopwyke Nurseries

Bomb disposal team arrive at Shopwyke Nurseries

Police cordoned off the area and a team from Southern Diving Unit 2 from Portsmouth attended to examine the device.

Leading Diver Dale Magnus said the item was thought to be a detonator cord from a shell which may contain explosive.

The squad intended to safely remove the device and take it away to be examined and x-rayed.

Mr Thomas, who runs a shop at the site called Shopwhyke Chic, selling antiques and collectables, said the object had been found in a box of items left at the business.

Leading diver Dale Magnus of the south diving unit 2 hold the device

Leading diver Dale Magnus of the south diving unit 2 hold the device

The device has been taken away for examination and Shopwhyke Chic and Shopwyke Nurseries are now open for business again after being closed for several hours.