Bomb disposal unit called after police commissioner finds WWII shell in her garden

Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne (right) found the shell in her garden. Pictures: Katy Bourne
Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne (right) found the shell in her garden. Pictures: Katy Bourne

A bomb disposal unit had to be called yesterday after police commissioner Katy Bourne found an unexploded World War Two shell in her garden.

Katy Bourne said she found the shell while mowing the lawn.

Speaking on Twitter today, the Sussex police and crime commissioner said: “Busy day at work yesterday but it wasn’t dull at home either.

“Huge thanks to Mid Sussex police and British Army Royal Logistic Corps for fantastic professional response to WWII unexploded shell we unearthed whilst gardening over the weekend.

“It was certainly a bit of a surprise and not quite what we expected when doing a spot of gardening.”

The police commissioner, who lives in Mid Sussex, added: “#UnexpectedFindByOurLawnmower.”

Members of the Royal Logistic Corps were called, as well as police

Members of the Royal Logistic Corps were called, as well as police

The shell, which can be seen in pictures posted by Mrs Bourne, is about one foot long.

Her husband, a former Royal Artillery serviceman and Falklands veteran, and recognised it as a potential anti–aircraft shell or an anti-tank round, the PCC’s office said.

It was safely dealt with by bomb disposal experts, with the assistance at the scene of Sussex Police officers.

If you discover a suspected device, leave it well alone and call police immediately.

The unexploded WWII shell was about one foot long

The unexploded WWII shell was about one foot long