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Liverpool 'bomb' alert: Homes evacuated over 'suspicious device'

Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes after police discovered a suspected bomb in Liverpool.

The suspicious device was found in an empty property in Birkenhead at around 5.30pm on Monday.

Residents in Park Road East and Patterson Street, which backs onto the road, have been moved to temporary accommodation after Merseyside Police installed a 100-metre cordon.

Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Logistical Corps were called to dispose of the suspected explosive.

A police spokesman said: "The device was discovered by the landlord of a recently-vacated property that he had gone to check on at around 5.30pm.

The man reported his suspicions to the police and local officers closed the roads and evacuated homes within a 100 metre safety cordon.

Specialists from the Royal Logistical Corps unit in Chester are currently examining the device to see if it is an imitation or not and will be in charge of safely removing it once the examination is complete."

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