Supermarket evacuated during bomb scare

PUBLISHED: 11:09 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

The waste recycling site where the mortar shell was discovered

The waste recycling site where the mortar shell was discovered

A SUPERMARKET was evacuated and a road closed after a mortar shell was taken into a tip. The shell was taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bells Brook, Biggleswade, by a member of the public at about noon on Sunday. After workers at the tip d

A SUPERMARKET was evacuated and a road closed after a mortar shell was taken into a tip.

The shell was taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bells Brook, Biggleswade, by a member of the public at about noon on Sunday.

After workers at the tip discovered the suspicious item, they rang the police who then called in bomb disposal experts from RAF Wittering.

A 200-metre exclusion zone was set up and customers and staff at nearby Sainsbury's were evacuated.

The device was eventually found to be empty and taken away by the bomb squad.

The all-clear was given at around 4pm.

Bedfordshire County Council's cabinet member for highways and waste, Tom Wootton, said: "Although this was probably a well intentioned step to recycle a specialist item, our site managers Viridor had to close the site for obvious safety reasons.

"Whilst we encourage people to bring more household waste to our recycling centres, we would ask people not to bring ex-military memorabilia."

Biggleswade police inspector John Maries said: "If you do find these sort of items then they should be left where they're found.

"The worse place you can take them is a public area.

"Leave them where they are and call the police."

This is the second bomb scare in the town in just over a month.

In January an unexploded World War I anti-aircraft shell was discovered in the grounds of the former St Andrews School in Rose Lane.


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