Tuesday, 24 October 2017

‘Suspicious’ items found in wood blown up

BOMB disposal experts carried out several controlled explosions after the discovery of suspicions household items in woodland near

BOMB disposal experts carried out several controlled explosions after the discovery of suspicions household items in woodland near Checkendon.

Police cordoned off the road through Exlade Street after the find was made by a member of the public on Wednesday last week.

The detonations to “make the items safe” were carried out in the evening but the road remained closed until Friday.

Thames Valley Police said this week that the items were still being analysed.

A spokesman said: “They were items that a member of the public thought had a suspicious appearance.



“They appeared to be, for example, a plastic bottle, so household items.”

Villagers had thought the items may have been munitions left over from the RAF maintenance unit in Woodcote, which was established at the start of the Second World War and closed in 1959.

Supt Rory Freeman, police area commander for South and Vale, said: “I would like to thank people in the community for their patience while work was undertaken to ensure the items are safe.

“We take all reports of this nature seriously, particularly in the current climate.

“These items had a suspicious appearance. They are not believed to have been viable, however further expert analysis will be conducted to establish what they were and the circumstances of how they came to be there.”



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