Bomb disposal experts prepare to detonate grenade in Stevenage town centre

BOMB disposal experts are preparing to make a controlled explosion of what is thought to be a hand grenade in Stevenage town centre.

All three emergency services are currently at the Town Centre Gardens, after workmen draining the pond discovered what appears to be a hand grenade in the mud at the bottom.

Police are extending a 100-metre perimeter cordon to 150 metres, cordoning off Cuttys Lane and clearing all footpaths. Silam Road will also be closed.

The southbound carriageway of St George’s Way, from the Six Hills Way junction to the Fairlands Way junction, is currently closed and police are preparing to close the northbound carriageway as well.

Motorists are being prevented from leaving the multi-storey car park which exits onto St George’s Way.

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Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the ambulance service, said the device cannot be detonated where it is as there are barrels of diesel close by.

He said the bomb disposal team are planning to move the device to flat ground behind Silam Court.

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