A bomb disposal team has been called after a “suspicious item” was found in a North Lincolnshire village.
The item, which resembled part of a bomb, was discovered by a member of the public who was using a metal detector on a farm in Alkborough on Monday.
A unit from the Royal Logistics Corps’ Bomb Disposal division was called out to investigate, along with officers from Humberside Police.
The Alkborough Flats was used as a bombing range during the Second World War, with crews from RAF Elsham Wolds base practising in the area.
Although the item found looked like part of a bomb, it turned out to be one used for practice. Police described it as “very old” and said it was made completely of lead, with no explosive components.
The Royal Logistics Corps safely removed the item to prevent any more false alarms.
In a post on Twitter, Humberside Police said: “Member of the public found this suspicious item whilst conducting metal detecting on a farm. RLC & Police attended. Turns out to be a very old practice bomb made solely of lead! RLC removed item with no issues. #OneTeam #KeepingYouSafe“
It is not known whether the practice bomb dated from the Second World War or later.
The Alkborough Flats were used for a number of years as a bombing range, with pilots from the nearby RAF base aiming for chalk markers using smoke bombs.
Observation posts are still open to the public at the north and south end of the range.
The RAF used coloured bands on its practice bombs to signify their contents, with black representing smoke, however that part of the object found in Alkborough appears to be missing.
The object was believed to have been a sea-to-earth missile from the 1980s and was around two feet in length.
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