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Morrisons evacuated and charity shop cordoned off amid fears over live grenade

PUBLISHED: 11:01 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 14:01 24 April 2019

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Archant.

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Archant.

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A Norwich charity shop has been cordoned off by police - because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade.

A member of a bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.A member of a bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.

Police have put the cordon in the area around the Mencap Charity Shop in The Paddocks in Catton after a member of staff at the shop raised concerns this morning.

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A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.

Norfolk police said they got a call at 8.50am from a member of staff who was worried about the contents of a donation box.

A police spokesperson said it appeared the donation had been made with good intentions, but that one of the items in the box was an old-fashioned grenade.

Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant. Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant.

As a precaution, police have asked an explosive ordnance disposal team to attend, and the Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene at just after 12pm.

A member of the regiment was seen going into the Mencap store.

Police have closed a car park because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Dan GrimmerPolice have closed a car park because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Dan Grimmer

Shops nearby, including Morrisons, have been evacuated and are closed, and staff at the Morrisons are helping police make clear to drivers that the car park is closed.

Police have coned off the car park.

Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant. Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant.

It is understood the donation box was handed in yesterday.

Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant.Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant.

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