Bomb disposal team called after ‘suspicious item’ found in North Lincolnshire village


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 object turned out to be a 'practice bomb' made of leak
The object turned out to be a ‘practice bomb’ made of lead

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.

The bomb disposal team and police were called to Alkborough
The bomb disposal team and police were called out to Alkborough

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 discovery comes after a ‘quite sizeable’ missile was found on Cleethorpes beach in May, with the area near the resort’s Meridian Showground being closed off while it was detonated.

The object was believed to have been a sea-to-earth missile from the 1980s and was around two feet in length.

Read More

Mysteries and lost history

Follow or contact Scunthorpe Live

Contact us : Email  the reporter who wrote this story .

Follow Scunthorpe Live on Facebook  – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to  give it or message us with a comment or story

Follow us on Twitter  – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to  follow Scunthorpe Live on Twitter .





Source link