Bomb disposal unit heading to Letchworth town centre after man finds ‘old artillery shell’ while gardening

The police cordon in Letchworth, where a bomb disposal unit dealt with what was thought to be an old

The police cordon in Letchworth, where a bomb disposal unit dealt with what was thought to be an old artillery shell. Picture: Robert Thompson - Credit: Archant

Bomb disposal experts are on the way to Letchworth town centre after a man doing some gardening found what appears to be an old artillery shell.

A police cordon is up at Howard Cottage Housing Association in Norton Way North, after staff there called officers at about 9.50am.

A force spokeswoman said that the man had found the shell while gardening before putting it in a bag and taking it to the housing association offices – which are not far from a railway bridge.

She added: “Officers are currently at the scene and a cordon has been put in place. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit has been informed and they are on their way to the scene.”

A housing association spokesman told the Comet at 11.25am that the bomb disposal unit had arrived and were getting to grips with the shell.


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