Bomb team calls in help

815 SQN WILDCAT from RFA Mounts Bay delivers DFID relief stores to the British Virgin Islands. Picture: MOD

PICTURES: RFA Mounts Bay crew deliver six tonnes of aid to storm-hit territory

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THE Royal Navy bomb squad has called in help from the army’s Royal Engineers to deal with a rare Second World War missile found in Essex.

The six-strong navy team from Horsea Island in Portsmouth has identified the missile as a V-2 rocket fired by the Germans in 1944 or 1945.

The missile is nose down submerged in mud off the coast of Harwich. Its base is sticking 2ft out of the ground.

After digging down 3ft, the navy yesterday asked for assistance to dredge the area to examine whether the 2,000lb missile is still live.

Lieutenant Dan Herridge, 30, of Hill Head, who is running the operation, said: ‘We’re bringing resources forward to dredge over the weekend. We don’t know yet if we’ll need to do a controlled explosion.’