A CONTROLLED explosion has been carried out by a robot after historic ordnance was discovered in a shed in Troon.

Residents in the town's Burnfoot Avenue were evacuated after police and a bomb disposal team were called out around 4.15pm on Thursday, April 20.

Witnesses said an Explosive Ordinance Disposal robot was seen moving towards one of the houses.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of historic ordnance found within a shed at a property on Burnfoot Avenue in Troon around 4.15pm on Thursday, 20 April.

“The road was closed and some neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.

“Explosive Ordnance Disposal attended and made the item safe by carrying out a controlled explosion

"The cordon has been removed and all residents have been allowed to return to their homes.”