Thornaby allotment alert over as artillery shell found to be training round

The Northern Echo: Police evacuate Thornaby allotments where a bomb is due to be exploded. Picture by Mike Russell Police evacuate Thornaby allotments where a bomb is due to be exploded. Picture by Mike Russell

AN artillery shell which led to allotments being evacuated was confirmed as a training round.

The shell was found at Foggins Allotments, Thornaby Road, Thornaby, shortly after 10am today (Wednesday).

People were warned to stay in their homes as it thought the ordnance needed to be exploded.

The Army's Explosion Ordinance Disposal unit were called in to investigate the scene.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "The EOD have attended Thornaby Road allotments and confirmed that the artillery shell was a training round and it has now been removed from the site.

"Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience whilst the incident was being dealt with."

Allotment holder, Mike Russell, who was evacuated, said: “A policeman came over and said ‘I’m going to have to ask you to leave’.

“They had found an unexploded bomb and they didn’t know how old it is.

“Apparently someone found it ages ago and thought it was nothing so left it by one of the sheds.”

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3:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

If the shell had gone off, it would have made a change that someone other than its own residents caused damage to the local area.
If the shell had gone off, it would have made a change that someone other than its own residents caused damage to the local area. NO EINSTEIN
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