POLICE and fire headquarters at Northallerton was put into panic and evacuated on Friday afternoon after a member of the public turned up with what appeared to be a box of grenades.

The building was evacuated at around 1.50pm on the afternoon October. 27

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "In good faith, a member of the public handed a box of what were believed to be grenades, found during a house clearance, into the police station reception.

"North Yorkshire Police evacuated the building, put a cordon in place to protect staff and members of the public, and contacted the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

"The EOD team arrived and removed the items and staff were able to return to the building. The incident that concluded at around 3.45pm. "