Page last updated at 15:38 GMT, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 16:38 UK

Live WWII grenade given to police

A Gloucestershire police station had to be evacuated when a live World War II grenade stuffed in a shoe was handed in to reception.

The station in Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, was cleared on 21 June after the device was brought in with the pin still in place.

The grenade had been found at an address in Longlevens, Gloucester, nine miles away.

Bomb experts were called to destroy the grenade in a controlled explosion.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "The World War II hand grenade, which still had the pin in, was handed over to police wrapped in a cloth inside a shoe.

"The reception at the police station and the surrounding car park were closed off and the building evacuated until the item was safely disposed of by a bomb disposal unit.

"Police urge anyone who finds a similar item not to touch the object but to call police right away."


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