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Bury St Edmunds artillery shell unearthed from stream bed in Rougham Road with bomb squad called





A bomb squad was called after an artillery shell believed to have been used for wartime training was unearthed during a survey for a new housing development.

Suffolk Police were alerted at about 8am today after the 120mm device, believed to have been a World War Two dummy tank shell, was uncovered from a stream bed during a land survey, in Rougham Road, in Bury St Edmunds.

An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended and the artillery shell was removed to a nearby field where a controlled explosion was carried out at just after noon.

An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended. Picture: Mecha Morton
Suffolk Police were alerted at about 8am today to the incident in Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Suffolk Police were alerted at about 8am today to the incident in Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

A British Army spokesperson said: "We always advise the public that if they inadvertently disturb what they believe to be live ordnance, they should contact their local police force as a matter of urgency."

Dobbies Garden Centre, in Rougham Road, was closed due to the incident and later reopened.