BOMB squads swooped on a New Forest village this afternoon.

Police dramatically sealed off a park in Holbury after a suspected unexploded World War II shell was found.

A dog walker raised the alarm at 1.40pm after spotting a dome-shaped object on a pathway on land close to Rollestone Road.

Officers from Hythe Police and the bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy arrived and set up a cordon of around 50metres around the pathway which is close to the Bridge Tavern pub and runs to Ipers Bridge.

But the teams eventually gave the all-clear after revealing the object was an old gas canister.

Hampshire Constabulary force control room supervisor Steve Carr said: “The all clear was given when we realised it was of no concern and there was no danger to the public.”

Rollestone Road remained open throughout and the cordon was removed shortly before 5pm.