Metal detectorist finds bomb in River Stort at Grange Paddocks
Army bomb disposal officers carried out a controlled explosion after a metal detectorist found a bomb in the River Stort at Grange Paddocks in Bishop's Stortford on Saturday (June 2).
A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said that police were called to Rye Street at noon following reports that a member of the public had found a suspect device in the river in Grange Paddocks whilst using a metal detector.
She said: “Police attended the scene alongside an Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team, who inspected the device and believed it to be a small mortar.
“A cordon was put up around the immediate area for the safety of the general public and the emergency services, and a controlled explosion was then carried out, destroying the device.
“Once it was determined the area was safe, the cordon was taken down and emergency services then left the scene by 4.30pm.”
It is the second time in seven weeks that Army bomb disposal officers have been called to Rye Street. In April, a couple feared that a family heirloom they discovered in their attic could be an unexploded Second World War bomb.