The British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed that the projectile was located and removed after Network Rail issued a statement Monday morning about the ongoing incident.
Since then, experts trained in the handling of unexploded explosives have withdrawn and withdrawn the mortar shell.
Network Rail issued a short statement on the incident, saying that “an alleged war bomb has been found near the railway at Ilkley.”
The incident led to the temporary closure of the line, leading to significant delays and cancellations. The outage was expected to continue until 1 pm, a Northern spokesperson said.
A BTP spokesperson said: “We have responded to reports that a mortar shell was found near the line at Ilkley this morning.
“Specialist officers have attended and this has now been eliminated.”
The discovery is the second incident involving a war explosive found in Yorkshire in recent days, after construction workers found a bomb dating from World War II near the M62 between Howden and Goole on Friday.
The bomb is believed to have come from a Lancaster bomber. Humberside police officers and an army explosives team were called to the scene Friday night, causing the highway to be closed for nearly 24 hours.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-26 12:25:47