Nearly 40 call-outs in three years keeps bomb squad busy in north-east

The bomb squad was scrambled to the north-east nearly 40 times in three years, new figures show.

Figures obtained by the Evening Express under Freedom of Information legislation reveal explosive device experts came to the area to dispose of devices 39 times between April 2016 and March this year.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit was called to the north-east seven times in 2016, on 16 occasions in 2017 and on 12 call-outs in 2018.

Teams were deployed to both the city and Aberdeenshire on four occasions in the first quarter of 2019.

The EOD typically responds when people find suspicious devices washed up on the beach, along the coast, or when people find items of concern when clearing out sheds.

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Source: Evening Express