Revealed: explosives and uranium dumped at Hampshire tips

Depleted uranium found at Segensworth tip in March 2014 ''Picture: Hampshire County Council
Depleted uranium found at Segensworth tip in March 2014 ''Picture: Hampshire County Council
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EXPLOSIVES found at tips across the area have led to a warning to people dropping off waste.

It comes as The News can reveal mortars, Second World War shells and explosive caps have been found at tips serving the Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham areas.

Gosport artillery shells found at Gosport tip in 2015 ''Picture: Hampshire County Council

Gosport artillery shells found at Gosport tip in 2015 ''Picture: Hampshire County Council

Depleted uranium was even found dumped at Segensworth Household Recycling Centre.

Photographs of the items have been released by Hampshire County Council in a bid to educate users of household waste recycling centres.

Councillor Sean Woodward is executive member for transport, economy and environment at the county council.

He said: ‘On rare occasions items are deposited that could put the safety of site staff and residents using the HWRC at risk. Unfortunately the items can be wrapped or hidden in some way so they are not immediately obvious to site staff.

Examples in the past have included replica or spent ammunition, aeronautical instruments, other military items and, on one occasion, a piece of depleted uranium

Sean Woodward

‘Examples in the past have included replica or spent ammunition, aeronautical instruments, other military items and, on one occasion, a piece of depleted uranium.

‘The discovery of potentially dangerous items such as these is possibly not that surprising in an area with a significant and historic military presence.’

Items left at tips just this year include:

n March 6: Paulsgrove Household Waste Recycling Centre – smoke grenade

n March: Segensworth – mortar bomb.

n May: Havant – railway explosive cap.

n May 18: Gosport – two Second World War shells.

n October 13: Gosport – Second World War hand grenade found in a bin.

n December 19: Segensworth – two Second World War shells.

A county council spokeswoman said: ‘HWRC staff are specifically trained to be vigilant if such items are found.

‘We ask that customers who believe they may have potentially hazardous items such as those listed above contact the police in the first instance, or the County Council on 0300 555 1389 for further advice before bringing the items into an HWRC.

‘As well as putting the safety of site users at risk and disrupting the HWRC service, such incidents can also incur an indirect cost to the council taxpayer once disposal costs and the combined time and resource of the police and MoD are factored in.’