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

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop because of fears a donation of military equipment con

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

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. - Credit: 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. - Credit: 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. - Credit: 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 gre

Police have closed a car park because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Dan Grimmer - Credit: Archant

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.

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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. - Credit: 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. - Credit: Archant

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