Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Bomb disposal experts were called to a south Norfolk village following the suspected discovery of ammunition in a scrap metal delivery.
Staff at Mellor Metals scrapyard in Attleborough Road, Great Ellingham received the mixed load of farm scrap from a local farmer and discovered the artillery shell, tank shell and dummy training shell while sorting the metals in preparation for them to be melted down and sold on.
The decision was taken to leave the shells alone and cordon off the area, with staff, contractors and two customers evacuating the premises.
The police were called just after 11am on Monday and inspected the shells, deciding to call bomb disposal experts from 621 Squadron with 11 EOD Regiment Royal Logistics Corps in Colchester.
The bomb disposal team then conducted X-rays of the shells and decided there was no danger and the cordon was lifted with staff returning to work at 1.30pm.
Shane Mellor, managing director of Mellor Metals, said staff at his business are trained to be aware of the possibility unexploded ammunition could be in metal deliveries.
He said: “It is good my staff were on the ball to see it and take the right action.”
Sgt Paul Daniel, from the bomb disposal team, said: “The person did exactly the right thing in calling the police as soon as they found the first shell and not moving it. We would encourage people to call 999 if they do have concerns about any suspect items they find. It is better to be safe than sorry.”