Houses evacuated after resident left bomb she found in her shed by the bins

Residents were rushed out of their homes after a Second World War -era bomb was left out with the rubbish.

The old mortar shell was spotted by a pensioner nestled in a bin bag in the shed of her home in Swinton, Salford three weeks ago.

The 82-year-old woman picked the shell out of the bag and left it by her wheelie bins.

On Friday a neighbour spotted the bomb while returning her bins to her driveway as a favour.

The elderly woman’s daughter said family members grew concerned and went on to alert the emergency services after they looked up the shell online.

Police, firefighters and bomb disposal experts raced to the scene at 11.30am on Sunday.

The fire service said a small number of residents were evacuated and a larger number told to stay indoors, keeping their doors and windows shut.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Chester was scrambled.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said experts inspected the ordnance and took it away without a controlled explosion taking place.

It was later declared to be safe.

The woman’s daughter said her mother didn’t want to put it in her wheelie bin.

“They were very professional and it was declared safe.

“It wasn’t live, but we all had to go through the process. It was in a bin bag with a load of rubble and concrete in it left by the former owner in the shed.”

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called at around 11.30am today, (Sunday 31 October), following reports of a suspicious object on Moss Lane in Swinton, Manchester.

“A cordon was put in place as a safety precaution and a number of residential buildings were evacuated.

“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was notified and after assessing the item, declared it safe.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a ‘WW2 era bomb’ was discovered.

Residents were allowed back into their homes – and road closures were lifted – at around 3pm.