The discovery of bombs in a family's garden forced a barber to finish a haircut in the street.

Three suspected explosives, which had been believed to date from the World War 2, were found in Exeter, Devon, as David Scrivens was clearing some rubble from under a shed.

At the time of the discovery, David and Maria's son Charlie – who runs Front Row Barbers from a shed in the garden – was halfway through cutting a client's hair, DevonLive reports.

Rather than sending him away with a half-finished haircut, he managed to complete it out on the road while the bombs were being dealt with.

Barber Charlie Scrivens had to finish a haircut in the street after the discovery of bombs in his family's orchard

The bomb squad was called to assess the discovery and dispose of them while Shillingford Road was subsequently evacuated.

As a precaution, local residents were led up to the motorway bridge for their own safety.

The bomb squad found a third object during a search of the land.

They have since all been confirmed to be anti-tank shells.

The anti-tank shells, two of which were discovered while David Scrivens cleared rubble from under a shed, forced the area to be evacuated

As tank armour improved during the World War 2 newer designs began to use a smaller but dense penetrating body within a larger shell.

These lightweight shells were fired at very high muzzle velocity and retained that speed and the associated penetrating power over longer distances.

Maria said: "It was my husband who found them in our orchard. We were told they were anti-tank shells from the 1950s which have been taken away to be detonated.

"A third one was found after they did a sweep.

"Our son, who was was half way through a cut, had to finish it out in the road.

"He was professional to the end! He had to rearrange the rest of his clients.

"It has definitely been an eventful weekend!"

A 100m cordon was in place in the area for safety reasons before the road was reopened again.