WW2 Grenade Found in Royal Wootton Bassett

Workmen have discovered a World War 2 grenade while draining a lake in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Police were called yesterday (8 March 2018) morning at 10:53am by workman who came across what they believed to be Grenade while they were draining Jubilee Lake in Royal Wootton Bassett.

North Wiltshire Community Policing Team Officers, supported by Tri-Force specialist search dog Jim and Wiltshire handler PC Cindy Hargreave, secured the scene and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) were called.

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The EOD attended and dealt with what they confirmed was a genuine World War 2 grenade that was inert as the explosives had been removed.

Wiltshire North Sergeant Louis McCoy Said: “This is quite an unusual incident for Royal Wootton Bassett and certainly not something we see every day.

“The workmen who called police were great and acted quickly to alert us and took all the necessary precautions.

“Our officers arrived and put all the necessary measures in place to ensure the scene was secure, setting up a cordon. Specialist search dog Jim and PC Cindy Hargreave came to assist and helped ensure the area was safe from further explosives.

“Great example of partnership working with our EOD colleagues who swiftly arrived and fortunately could found out it was no longer an active grenade.”