Second World War explosive device found on Northern Distributor Road site

Emergency services at Bullock Hill, Horsham St Faith following reports a World War Two device had be

Emergency services at Bullock Hill, Horsham St Faith following reports a World War Two device had been found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Emergency services were called to Horsham St Faith after a Second World War device was found on land being developed for the Northern Distributor Road.

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Specialists checking for unexploded devices in and around the area of the former RAF Horsham St Faith airfield made the find which led to a Royal Logistic Corps bomb disposal unit being sent to the scene along with police, fire and ambulance crews.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'We have employed a specialist company to check the site of the NDR for unexploded devices as a precaution when the line of the NDR passes through or close to the former wartime airfield [RAF Horsham St Faith].

'This is the first time anything of any significance has been found.'

Police were called to Bullock Hill shortly before 10am yesterday following reports 'an old Second World War device' had been found.

The NDR work site at Bullock Hill, Horsham St Faith, where a World War Two device was found and eme

The NDR work site at Bullock Hill, Horsham St Faith, where a World War Two device was found and emergency services were called. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A Norfolk police spokesman said officers attended for public safety reasons and a 200m cordon was put in place.

Last night he said: 'EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] safely removed the device from the premises at around 5.30pm this afternoon [Tuesday, August 2] and at no point was there a wider threat to members of the public.'

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The East of England Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team (@EEAST_HART) tweeted: 'T4M worked with @NorfolkPolice & @Norfolkfire to triage and discharge 10 persons involved in an incident near #Norwich airport.'

Three fire crews and the fire service's environmental protection unit also attended the incident, with firefighters at the scene until just after 5.30pm.

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