A military shell was recovered from the Leeds & Liverpool canal near Barnoldswick (Barlick to locals) in Lancashire after a member of the public alerted the police. The Royal Logistics Corps dispatched an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who searched the canal bed until they found the item.
Despite the interest of some inquisitive ducks, the inert shell was removed safely and taken away for disposal.
Britain’s canals have long been seen as a convenient dumping ground for unwanted items and it is not uncommon to find historic ordnance along their banks. In May 1960, for instance, several bridges in London were closed so that an EOD team could remove 1No. spigot mortar, 1No. 30lb smoke float, 1No. 2″ smoke mortar, 1No. Mills Bomb and 20No. rounds of ammunition from a small section of the now infilled Surrey Canal.