Bomb disposal team called to park after walker reports suspicious device

The device was found to be a mortar smoke bomb. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

The device was found to be a mortar smoke bomb. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

A bomb disposal unit was dispatched to Knettishall after a suspicious object was spotted in a local park.

A bomb disposal unit was dispatched to the scene. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

A bomb disposal unit was dispatched to the scene. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

St Edmundsbury Police and a bomb disposal team based in Colchester attended the scene at Knettishall Heath Country Park yesterday after a walker reported a suspected item of munitions.

The device was later identified as a Second World War-vintage 2-inch mortar smoke bomb, which contained no explosives and was recovered for safe disposal.

An Army spokesman said: “We would encourage the public to raise the alarm if they do have concerns about any suspect items they find and not to touch them. It is better to be safe than sorry.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk police said: “We were called shortly before 2pm yesterday following reports that a suspected smoke bomb device had been found in woodland in Knettishall Heath Country Park.


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“The bomb disposal squad attended and removed it.”

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