Workers excavating a children’s playground in Southend came across an unexploded projectile dating from WWII. The Police put in place a security cordon before asking an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team to attend site and deal with the item.
The projectile is thought to be a 75/76mm anti-tank round, or potentially an Anti-Aircraft (AA) shell. Clearly not fired, it is possible that the item was a wartime souvenir disposed of by its owner at the allotment gardens formerly occupying the site.
It is hoped that no further unsuspected finds occur.