Figures reveal bomb disposal teams called to Norfolk and Suffolk 160 times in 2014/15
07:00 31 December 2015
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Bomb disposal experts have been called to Norfolk and Suffolk more than 160 times in the last year, figures have revealed.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, based at Colchester Garrison, has been called to tackle devices including unexploded shells, grenades, mortars and railway detonators in 166 callouts in 2014/2015.
Most of the calls relate to historic munitions, with areas such as Titchwell - once used as a First World War firing range - regularly visited by the EOD team.
Among the calls, only one - to Great Yarmouth - was a hoax.
The callouts, revealed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the EDP, show that devices including trip wires and a number of Second World War explosives were dealt with across both counties.
Finds include the body of a Second World War grenade which was found by a child in a river near Nunnery Place on July 23 this year.
Norwich and Ipswich were the most common destinations for the EOD team with 16 call-outs each, while Dereham also had 14 call-outs.
The EOD team is called if a member of the public or the police find what they believe to be an explosive device.
An Army spokesman said: “The military provides explosive ordnance disposal service in the United Kingdom on a 365 days a year, 24 hours a day basis.
“Teams from all three services are based across the country to work in support of the emergency services.
“Their role is to respond when the emergency services require specialist explosive expertise, ranging from the recovery and safe disposal of conventional munitions to counter-terrorist bomb disposal.
“The vast majority of call outs relate to the discovery of historic munitions. The military and emergency services work closely together to ensure both the safety of the public and that incidents are handled with the minimum disruption possible.
“We would encourage people to contact the emergency services via 999 if they have concerns about any suspect items they find. It is better to be safe than sorry.”
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