A bomb disposal team was called to a site just outside Oxford early this afternoon (July 20).

All trains between Oxford and Didcot were forced to be cancelled immediately when a suspected explosive was found near Becket Street.

British Transport Police confirmed that officers were called to the tracks at 1.30pm today as they had received “reports that a device- believed to date back to WW2- had been located”.

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Police officers were at the scene alongside those from other emergency services including the Explosive Ordinance Disposal.

A staff member at Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre said they spotted “police officers outside the Go Outdoors Centre” but the Old Abingdon Road was operating as per normal.

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British Transport Police has since confirmed that the device is deemed safe and all trains are running as per usual.

An Oxford City Council spokesman has confirmed: “We are in liaison with the emergency services over this incident.

"Redbridge Park and Ride is not affected.”

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