A SUSPICIOUS item has been reported near a church in Darlington today.

Police received a report of a suspicious item near St Andrew’s Church, Darlington, at around 10.25am this morning, Friday, September 18.

As a precaution, officers closed Haughton Road while inquiries are carried out.

The Northern Echo:

Explosives Ordnance Disposal attended to examine the item, and the item was disposed of at around 2.10pm.

It has now however reopened.

A spokesperson for Durham Police said: “An investigation will now be carried out, however our preliminary enquiries suggest that the item posed no risk to the public.”

The Northern Echo: