WWII grenade found in Saffron Walden


Unexploded grenade thought to be from WWII has been found at the side of a verge in Saffron Walden, Essex, by a member of the public.

A bomb disposal team was called to Saffron Walden yesterday after a member of the public found an exploded grenade by a verge on Little Walden Road.

On their arrival, the item was safely moved to a nearby field and destroyed by controlled explosion.

Essex Police have confirmed that a 100m cordon was put in place and road closures were implemented.

During WWII, hundreds of these grenades were used by the Home Guard in training exercises across the UK.

The south and east of England was particularly heavily defended. As a result, many of these weapons remained unaccounted for by the end of WWII.

Today, items of ordnance related to the Home Guard are occasionally encountered by members of the public - and more frequently by the construction industry all across the British isles.

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Image source: PC Glenn Braden

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