‘Loud bang’ reported as bomb disposal team called out to Felbrigg

The RAF bomb disposal team at Felbrigg. Picture: @NORFOLKBEA

The RAF bomb disposal team at Felbrigg. Picture: @NORFOLKBEA - Credit: @NORFOLKBEA

A bomb disposal team was called out to one of north Norfolk's most popular visitor attractions after an unexploded device was uncovered - in a nearby resident's bedroom.

Felbrigg Hall. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Felbrigg Hall. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A bomb disposal team was called out to one of north Norfolk's most popular visitor attractions after an unexploded device was uncovered - in a nearby resident's bedroom.

Steven Attew, of Meadow Close, Felbrigg, raised the alarm after discovering what police have described as 'a small mortar' - a gun used for firing bombs.

It is understood he had spotted a photograph of a similar object being blown up by bomb disposal experts online when he realised its significance and moved it into a garden outside before calling police.

Mr Attew said he had it stored in his cabinet and didn't think it was live.

Police and a bomb disposal team from RAF Peterborough raced to the scene after being alerted to the danger and the mortar was taken to a field at Felbrigg Hall where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The drama unfolded on Saturday, around 11am, and the area was declared safe shortly before 5.30pm.

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A loud bang was reported on social media.

Twitter user NorfolkBea posted: 'Heard loud bang @FelbriggHallNT estate then saw RAF bomb disposal vehicle.'

A spokesperson for the National Trust said: 'I can confirm the bomb squad were on site at Felbrigg Hall on Saturday after a small piece of ordinance was found. Following normal procedures in cases like this, the device was removed in an area a safe distance away from visitors.'