FOR the second time in just four weeks, Hampshire Police were forced to close Gosport roads as workers believed they had found historic ordinance on; although this soon turned out to be a false alarm after further investigations on Friday morning (October 22).
Police were called at 9:29am to the Royal Navy Site of HMS Sultan after the findings, with officers closing Military Road in both directions between Station Road and Privett Road. A post was then put online warning residents away from the scene at approximately 10am, citing public safety.
This included no access to bikes, vehicles or pedestrians as officers manned the cordon, with news posted on several social media groups and from official channels. It was also mentioned on BBC Radio Solent and local travel updates to warn drivers of potential issues.
Traffic then built up around several roads in Gosport with Grange Road and Brockhurst roundabout particularly busy during the morning. At one point, Highways England reported a 15 minute delay around the area as drivers looked for alternative routes to their destinations. It is unknown if public transport was affected by this road closure.
In the meantime Bomb disposal experts and specially police were quickly called to assist, with an investigation finding the object safe to allow the quick reopening of the road. This occurred just after 11am as police confirmed the object was not ‘as first thought’, ending the closure after just 90 minutes.
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.29am this morning (Friday 22 October) following the discovery of what was believed to be a piece of historic ordinance. Officers attended and Military Road was closed as a precaution.”
It comes as an ‘unexploded bomb’ caused road closures in the same area on September 29, forcing all of Miltary road, Cambridge Road and Redhouse Park Gardens to be closed. Fareham Shopping Centre was also evacuated in late July and put into a state of lockdown following a object being found by workers; lasting for three hours as car parks, shops and a 100m cordon remained in place until it was safe for the public.