A BOMB disposal team was called after a fisherman discovered a hand grenade in a canal.

Police were called at 1.35pm today, Thursday, April 8, following reports from nearby a canal close to Bradley Lane in Newton-le-Willows.

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The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) has been contacted to dispose of the device safely, police confirmed.

A police spokesman added that roads in the surrounding area have been closed and the public are advised to avoid the area while the matter is being dealt with.