Evacuation after war-time shell is found

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A SHOPPING area was cordoned off after a wartime shell was handed into a charity shop.

The Royal Navy bomb squad was called to Market Parade in Havant to investigate claims that the shell may be live.

It’s believed a male pensioner had taken the device into the shop, Vitalise, a week ago but the alarm was only raised this afternoon.

A police cordon was put up as the bomb squad investigated.

It was found to be a live shell – thought to be from the First World War – and was taken away. It will be exploded at a safe location.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Somebody has handed in some kind of shell. Apparently it’s been sitting there for a week before it’s been noticed.

‘As a precautionary measure we evacuated the store and the flats above.

‘It’s now been declared safe by the bomb disposal team. They think it’s an old World War One capsule.

‘They have taken it away. The cordon has been lifted and everything is back to normal.

’The bomb squad decided it was live and it was taken away and the scene was declared safe.’