Traffic chaos after suspected grenade found in rivers shuts down roads

Traffic was backed-up throughout the city centre today after a suspected grenade was pulled from the River Soar.

Leicestershire Police had to close Upperton Road at the junction with Raw Dykes Road on Friday (January 21) at around 12.35pm after magnet fishers found the item.

It followed a similar incident at the exact same location weeks ago on January 9.

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A force spokesperson said cordons were in place “in the interests of public safety” after it was reported that a “suspected grenade had been pulled from the canal”.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area while the road was taped-off and bomb disposal teams were called.

We covered the incident live. Recap on our coverage here.

Police closure on Upperton Road
Police closure on Upperton Road
(Image: Hannah Richardson)

With traffic in the South West of the city already struggling due to building work closures on Welford Road, the incident led to “incredibly heavy traffic” in the area.

Motorists were diverted from the area via Walnut Street and Filbert Street.

However, it was later confirmed by the Army that what was thought to be a grenade was, in fact, a false alarm.

A spokesperson of the Army said: “We can confirm that Nottingham Troop, 521 Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment RLC was called out to the incident along the River Soar near Upperton Road.

“On this occasion, it proved to be a false alarm and no further action was required. We always advise the public that if they inadvertently disturb what they believe to be live ordnance, they should contact their local police force as a matter of urgency.”

The road reopened shortly before 2.20pm.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News