Harrogate man digs up unexploded World War Two shell in his garden

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A Harrogate man dug up an unexploded World War Two artillery shell, while putting up a fence in his garden.

Police received a report at 1.10pm today that a historical unexploded shell had been discovered at a property in Bogs Lane in the Starbeck area.

A 100m cordon was put in place and nearby residents were asked to clear the area.

Two fire engines and police attended the incident and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team arrived to remove the shell.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “A member of the public had been doing some gardening, putting some fences up and he dug up a World War Two artillery shell.

“He contacted the police. They came down and called the northern army bomb unit from Catterick.

“They are not sure whether it was brought back by someone as a trophy. “There was no detonator and no chances of it exploding.

“Police moved people away but there was only three people in. Two of them agreed to go for a walk.”