A street in Stevenage has been closed after paramedics discovered a suspected military hand grenade which was being used as an ornament at a house.

The discovery was made in Sandown Road, Stevenage, on Monday morning and the road has since been closed in both directions while emergency services deal with the situation.

Gary Sanderson, of East of England Ambulance Service, tweeted: "Sandown Road in Stevenage is currently closed near to Lingfield Road junction in both directions due to an ongoing Hertfordshire Constabulary incident.

"East of England Ambulance Service & East of England Hazardous Area Response Team at scene."

Emergency services were called to the scene at 9.13am and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers also attended the property in order to assess the device.

Police officers attended the scene and the house and neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution although neighbours have since been able to return to their homes.

Hertfordshire Constabulary confirmed at around 1.30pm that EOD recovered the item but it was not believed to be of concern and cordons were lifted.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Police were called at 9.13am this morning (Monday, October 5) after a suspected military hand grenade was found by the ambulance service at a house in Sandown Road, Stevenage.

"Officers attended the scene and the house, along with neighbouring properties, was evacuated as a precaution.

"The neighbouring properties have since been able to return to their homes."