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Girl finds grenade in veg plot

Paul Davies
Paul Davies poses with the grenade before realising what he was holding

A nine-year-old girl unearthed a live anti-tank grenade as she dug over her father's vegetable plot.

Emma Nagle was playing in the back garden of her home in Silverton, Devon when she found a metal object.

Her father, Paul Davies, 32, thought it was harmless and showed it off to a friend who took a picture.

Later he grew suspicious and a search of the internet revealed that it was a grenade. A bomb disposal team was brought in to make the device safe.

Window cleaner Mr Davies said: "Emma was digging the vegetable patch and brought this metal object into the house."

Not realising the potential danger, he posed in the kitchen for a friend who took a photograph of him holding the grenade, before leaving it beside the kitchen sink.

Anti-tank grenade
The grenade was made safe by a bomb disposal team

"I thought it was part of a bomb that had been used for training in the war. I was not concerned," Mr Davies said.

"It was only after I checked on Wikipedia and realised it was a Mark III anti-tank grenade that I panicked."

Police evacuated 12 nearby homes and called in a Royal Navy bomb disposal team from Plymouth who set up a 330ft (100 metre) exclusion zone before disabling the grenade in a nearby field.

Father-of-two Mr Davies is now waiting for his vegetable plot to be checked for any further devices.

"I'm relieved, but I just hope there are not any more," he said.

"I have stopped the children going in the garden."

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