Fire services leave scene of mustard gas find 11 days on

Emergency services had been at the scene since October 6 Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Fire and rescue services who have been in a Lincolnshire village for 11 days after the discovery of mustard gas canisters, have finally left.

Police revealed that 14 boxes containing poisonous mustard gas, including one box that was discovered by sonar equipment at the bottom of Stixwould Lake, have been recovered.

One box of canisters was found at the bottom of Stixwould Lake by sonar equipment Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Bomb disposal teams and emergency services were called to Roughton Woods on Friday October 6 after reports that canisters had been found by people 'bottle digging'. The objects were taken to Porton Down, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, where they were found to contain mustard gas.

It is believed they date back to when the site was an operational RAF base, known as RAF Woodhall Spa. It closed in the 1960s.

Emergency services have now left the site but in a statement Lincolnshire Police said a small area of woodland remains cordoned off.