Army bomb disposal team called into Washington street after suspected historic hand grenade is found in garage

A Washington street was sealed off by police after an Army bomb disposal team was called in after a suspected explosive device was found in a garage.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 9:12 am

Northumbria Police was called to Norfolk Drive in the Concord area of the town during yesterday evening, Monday, June 7, following the discovery of a hand grenade.

A cordon was thrown around the house at the centre of the alert, with the Royal Logistic Corp’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) called in to offer expertise and support to the officers.

After police and the Army carried out checks, they found the old grenade was inactive and removed it from the property.

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Northumbria Police called in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) following the discovery of an old hand grenade in a garage in Norfolk Drive, Washington. Image copyright Google.
Northumbria Police called in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) following the discovery of an old hand grenade in a garage in Norfolk Drive, Washington. Image copyright Google.

The cordon was taken down at around 10pm as the incident came to a close.

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A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Police received a report of a suspected explosive device at an address on Norfolk Drive, Concord, Washington.

"At around 7.40pm officers attended the scene where a suspected historic hand grenade was located in a garage.

"Police cordoned off the address and EOD attended the scene as a precaution.

"They found the grenade was inactive and so it was safely removed from the area and the cordon removed.”

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