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UXO News Roundup, 10/05/2024

Devon and Cornwall Police attended a report on Tuesday 30th April of a suspected ‘explosive weapon’ being discovered in Butterdon Wood, near Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor. Police believed the item to be a mortar round, but no further details have been released. The device was removed and disposed of safely by a Royal Navy (RN) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.

See: Suspected explosive removed from Dartmoor woodland – BBC News

Suffolk Police were called on 30th April to reports of a suspect ‘metal cylinder’ being discovered during works in a field off Dairy Road in Semer, near Hadleigh. Police have indicated that the device may have been a WWII unexploded bomb (UXB), but the exact nature of the device has yet to be confirmed. An EOD team attended the scene and the device was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

See: Unexploded Second World War bomb found near Hadleigh | East Anglian Daily Times (eadt.co.uk)

West Yorkshire Police attended on Wednesday 1st May reports of a ‘suspected explosive device’ being discovered near a building site on Smeaton Approach, Manston, near Leeds. An EOD team attended the scene and a controlled explosion was carried out. Police have yet to confirm the exact nature of the device.

See: Bomb squad carry out controlled explosion in Leeds – Leeds Live (leeds-live.co.uk)

Avon and Somerset Police were called on the 6th May to the discovery of a hand grenade on Homefield Drive, in the Bristol suburb of Fishponds. An EOD team attended the scene, working to make the device safe,  but no further updates have been released.

See: Residents evacuated after grenade found on suburban street in Bristol | Evening Standard

On Thursday 9th May, Sussex Police attended reports of suspected ‘unexploded ordnance’ being discovered during works at the former Ashdown House site, Sedelcombe Road North, Hastings, which is being redeveloped for housing. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) EOD team attended the scene and identified the device as a 105mm shell, but were unable to confirm the age or origin. The device was safely detonated in situ.

See: Hastings: Cordon lifted after Army explodes ordnance – BBC News