POLICE were called after a suspected explosive device has been found in Hoyland today.

The discovery was made at Burying Lane after an old mortar shell was found in a stream.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit are on the way to assess the shell.

“Our officers will remain at the address until enquiries have concluded.

“Burying Lane is currently closed; please avoid the area."

This is the second mortar shell to be found in Barnsley in the past week.

Last week a mortar shell was found in Fleets Dam.