Live WWII Mortar Found Near King’s Lynn

Capture1-300x167A WWII mortar has been found by a family on Roydon Common near King’s Lynn. Police called an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from the Royal Logistics Corps to the scene and they confirmed that the device was live before carrying out a controlled explosion.

Roydon Common made national headlines back on Boxing Day in 2012 when a seven-year-old boy found a WWII practice bomb with a metal detector he had got for Christmas.

These finds are hardly surprising give that Roydon Common was part of the North Wooton Bombing Range during WWII. It is testament to the fact that many of these ranges have not been subjected to any extensive EOD operations post-WWII and that, in addition to practice bombs, other munitions such as mortars were also used for firing practice.

Whether there are any plans to clear the area of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in light of these finds is not known.