Sunday, 22 October 2017

Suspected explosives found in Checkendon

POLICE have cordoned off the main road through Exlade Street near Checkendon after suspected explosives were found in nearby woodland.

POLICE have cordoned off the main road through Exlade Street near Checkendon after suspected explosives were found in nearby woodland.

Officers and a team of bomb disposal experts were called to the scene yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, July 20) and carried out a series of controlled explosions.

The street remains shut between the Highwayman pub and the access road to the A4074 while enquiries continue. Police say it may be closed "for some time" but stress there is no link to terrorism.

Villagers said officers would not discuss the matter but they heard a series of loud bangs from the woods at about 8.30pm last night.

They said the suspicious items were likely to have been leftover munitions from the RAF maintenance unit at nearby Woodcote, which was established in secret at the start of the Second World War and closed down in 1959. Remnants of its outer walls still remain.

Alternatively, they said, it could have been an unexploded German bomb from an air raid on the site.



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