For at least the second time this week, residents have called the Police to check whether an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) souvenir in their home was dangerous, having heard of similar incidents on the local news.
In this case, a couple in Atherstone, Warwickshire, reported their concerns over an Egyptian WWI artillery shell that they kept on their window sill. The Police informed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) who declared the item safe, much to the relief of its owners.
Such was the rarity of the ordnance piece that it has been sent to Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire for closer examination.
Reporting on the event, the Birmingham Mail made an astute statement that ‘anyone who may have any similar World War ammunition in their possession and are not aware of their true origin or status, should contact police on the 101 non-emergency number’.
We would second that statement.