North Yorkshire emergency services were evacuated after a 'grenade' scare this afternoon.

The incident took place after a resident handed the box into the North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ at Alverton Court in Northallerton.

The premises subsequently evacuated at around 1.50pm on Friday afternoon (October 27).

They said the grenades were found during a house clearance and taken into the police station reception.

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A cordon was put in place and the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team were contacted to remove the items.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The headquarters of North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in Northallerton was evacuated at around 1.50pm on the afternoon of Friday 27 October.

"In good faith, a member of the public handed a box of what were believed to be grenades, found during a house clearance, into the police station reception.  

"North Yorkshire Police evacuated the building, put a cordon in place to protect staff and members of the public, and contacted the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team.

"The EOD Team arrived and removed the items, and staff were able to return to the building. No-one was injured during the incident that concluded at around 3.45pm."