Bomb squad called after discovery of 'unexploded hand grenade' in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 14:12 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:09 16 April 2019

A police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANT

A police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANT

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A police cordon was in place at the common in Saffron Walden today (April 16) after builders found an 'unexploded hand grenade' at the former police station in East Street.

A police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANTA police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANT

Police officers on scene said builders working at the site had dug up what was believed to be an unexploded hand grenade.

The car park at the common was closed for several hours until the Ministry of Defence bomb disposal team arrived.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of what was believed to be an unexploded grenade in East Street, Saffron Walden, earlier today.

“The device was discovered just before 11.30am.

A police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANTA police cordon is in place at Saffron Walden common following the discovery of a suspected explosive device at the former police station. Picture: ARCHANT

“Officers cordoned off the bottom of Common Hill and Hill Street, as well as surrounding roads.

“The Ministry of the Defence concluded that it was not a live ordnance and the cordon has been stood down.”

The incident was stood down at 3pm. Roads have been reopened.

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