Ribble Valley resident unearths First World War artillery shell while digging up garden

A First World War artillery shell has been discovered in a Ribble Valley garden.

Police were called to an address in Downham Road, Chatburn, yesterday evening, where a green-fingered resident had reported finding what was described as possibly being a live shell.

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X-rays were carried out by Chester’s Royal Logistics Corp. Bomb Disposal team, who confirmed that it was a First World War shell. Fortunately, it did not contain any high explosives and could be safely removed.

The First World War shell that was discovered in a Chatburn garden

The shell will now be disposed of safely at the Army Bomb Disposal Kent Facility.

PC Nigel Keates said: “Advice should anyone be unfortunate enough to find a shell, or anything similar, is, as soon as it is discovered; don’t panic, leave the item well alone. do not move or shake the object, and contact police on 999. Give as good a description of the object as you can, and as accurate a location as possible especially if on open land or countryside.”