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Suspected unexploded shell "handed in" to Newbury fire station

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Suspected unexploded shell found near Newbury fire station

An area of Newbury was cordoned off by police today (Thursday) after a suspected explosive device was "handed in" at Newbury fire station.

A cordon was put up around the back entrance of Newbury fire station at Hawthorne Road around 12.20pm and members of the public were being turned away.

The Army’s bomb disposal experts were initially called after reports of an unexploded shell being brought to the station in the back of a scrap metal driver’s car.

The device later turned out to be a dud.

Newbury station manager Stuart Barton explained: “We have evacuated our building.

“What we have had is a scrap metal dealer picking up scrap and he’s picked up what he believes to be some sort of shell.

“He has driven back here and thought he would get a second opinion on it.

“This armament or shell is approximately eight inches by three inches. It could be a paperweight and might not have any propellant, it could be spent.

“It could be sealed knot or anything of that kind.

“At the moment we are just erring on the side of caution more than anything and we are waiting for the explosive ordinance team to come and have a look.

“They may say it’s a dud but at the moment we are just erring on the side of caution.”   

A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said: "We were called at 12.20pm to Newbury Fire Station after a member of the public found what he believed to be an explosive device from World War Two."

She added that a cordon had been put in place around the fire station as a precaution.

Thames Valley Police later confirmed shortly after 4pm that the ammunition was found to be "not live" and the cordon was subsequently removed.

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