Several houses were evacuated in Oxford after a suspected WWI artillery shell was unearthed in a back garden. A 50m safety cordon was put in place around properties in Mill Street after a local resident found the item whilst digging up an old tree stump.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team arrived and removed the device for a controlled detonation nearby.
The origin of the 30cm-long shell is not clear, with the properties on Mill Street having been occupied since the 19th century. It is possible that the shell was brought home by a former resident who then decided that it was perhaps unwise to keep such an item indoors.