Couple find thousands of bullets dumped in back garden

Neil Tipping and Eleanor Mercer in their garden. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Neil Tipping and Eleanor Mercer in their garden. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

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A couple were left stunned after stumbling across a cache of 7,500 bullets in the back garden of their West Yorkshire home.

Rifle rounds, machine gun rounds, shotgun cartridges and dozens of 9mm and 8mm rounds were found dumped in ponds at the home of Neil Tipping, 33, and girlfriend Eleanor Mercer, 32, in Roman Terrace, Roundhay, Leeds.

The concerned couple now want to leave the house they had planned to settle down in.

Lettings manager Mr Tipping said: “It’s really unnerved us. I’m terrified that next time I’m mowing the lawn I’ll run over a bullet that hasn’t been found yet. One of us could be seriously hurt.

“We have friends with young children who could have put one of the bullets in their mouth, or one of our cats could have got hold of one – it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

The couple moved into the rented house last September, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that Mr Tipping came across a single bullet while gardening.

“Something fell from the pile of weeds I’d pulled out and it hit the paving stones with a clink,” he said.

“I didn’t think much about it until it happened again with the next pile – and I saw a flash of gold.

“My first thought was ‘Oh my God, I’ve found treasure!’ I was thrilled.

“But I picked the metal up and realised it was a bullet.”

A phone call to the emergency services sparked a major response from the police and the fire service.

An intensive two-day search followed, during which most of the bullets were found in two ponds.

West Yorkshire Police have now launched an investigation to find out where the bullets came from.

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