Bomb squad called in WWII missile mix-up in Wetherby

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A SPECIALIST bomb squad was called after a member of the public found what was believed to be a World War II missile – but was eventually found to be an old car part.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, at around 8.20pm on Friday, April 4.

It is believed that a member of the public alerted the emergency services after they came across the discovery at Whins Lane at Thorp Arch.

It is understood that the object was found in a local field, which was not close to any residential areas.

That evening, bomb disposal experts from Catterick attended the scene.

A police cordon was put in place and the scene was secured whilst the bomb disposal team was on its way.

Speaking about the discovery, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It turned out to be an old part of a car cylinder.”

Last year, bomb disposal experts attended a Leeds charity shop after a World War II bomb shell was found.

The shell was discovered by staff as they were sorting through a donation of bric-a-brac.

Police were called to the Emmaus Leeds charity, at St Mary’s Street in Burmantofts, on October 22.

The 75mm shell was removed from the building and army officers from the bomb squad destroyed the shell in a controlled explosion.

The shell was thought to have been a 75mm M18 shell, and was believed to be similar to those fired from Sherman tanks during the Second World War.