A FLINTSHIRE recycling centre was closed over the weekend after the bomb disposal team was called out.

The Buckley Household Recycling Centre on Globe Way had to be closed down on Saturday morning after a small number of flares were discovered at the site.

Steve Jones, Chief Officer Streetscene and Transportation said: “On Saturday morning we requested the police and bomb disposal team to attend Buckley Household Recycling Centre (HRC) after it was found that a small amount of distress flares had been deposited on the site. This is standard procedure with any type of potentially explosive material. The items were disposed of safely away from the site.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that flares, fuel and fireworks are not considered to be household waste and should not be deposited at any of our HRC sites. We cannot accept such items either because we are not equipped to deal with them or because it would be unlawful for us to accept them.

"Regulation 28 Explosives Regulation 2014 (ER14) requires that ‘any person who discards or disposes of explosives or explosive-contaminated items must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they are discarded, or disposed of safely."