EMERGENCY services have been called to reports of an “unexploded bomb” found in New Brighton.

At around 10.05am today (Tuesday, March 12) Merseyside Police received a report that a device had been found in an area near Coastal Drive.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm we received a report of what is believed to be an unexploded ordnance device in New Brighton today, Tuesday, March 12.”  

Chester and District Standard: The scene on Coastal Drive, New BrightonThe scene on Coastal Drive, New Brighton (Image: Paul Boyd)

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has been notified.

There are road closures in place while the matter is being dealt with and people are advised to avoid the area.

Local train services have also been affected.

Merseyrail services are currently disrupted between New Brighton and Birkenhead North. Services will be starting and terminating at Birkenhead North.

A spokesperson for Merseyrail said: “Due to the police dealing with an incident near the railway at New Brighton the line is blocked.

“Train services running to and from this station will be terminated at and started back from Birkenhead North. Disruption is expected until 12:15 12/03.”

Rail Replacement buses have been requested to run between Birkenhead North and New Brighton.