Photos: Mortar found at Norwich sheltered housing complex ‘was practice round’

Emergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich after a practice mortar was found by a workman. Photo by Simon Finlay. Emergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich after a practice mortar was found by a workman. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Monday, March 10, 2014
4:57 PM

Emergency services, including a bomb disposal team, were called to a sheltered housing complex in Norwich after reports an explosive device had been discovered.

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Emergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich. Photo: Simon FinlayEmergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich. Photo: Simon Finlay

Police and firefighters were called to Hayden Court just before 3pm today.

While police have described the incident as “low risk”, Eleanor Road was cordoned off and some residents of the home were evacuated.

A bomb disposal team was initially summoned to the scene but was called off after police inspected the device. It was found to be an old practice round containing no explosives.

After receiving advice from the bomb team, officers removed the 12in long device at around 4pm and took it to the force armoury for later inspection by specialists.

Emergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich after a practice mortar was found by a workman. Photo by Simon Finlay.Emergency services at Hayden Court in Norwich after a practice mortar was found by a workman. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Valeria Savarese Monk, Hayden Court manager, said the device was discovered by a handyman clearing out a store cupboard under a fire exit.

“When he came into my office and said he’d found a grenade, I called the fire brigade and the police immediately,” she said.

“We started evacuating that side of the building and we were then asked to evacuate all buildings.”

She thanked the emergency services for their prompt response and neighbouring homes for taking in the 36 residents to prevent them waiting in the cold.

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