Suspected unexploded hand grenade causes part of Bedford town centre to be closed

This is kind of the grenade that was found at The Hollies caravan site on Hayling Island.'The Number 36 Mark 1 Mills hand grenade was found with its pin hanging off the roots of a tree ENGPPP00120120808102948
This is kind of the grenade that was found at The Hollies caravan site on Hayling Island.'The Number 36 Mark 1 Mills hand grenade was found with its pin hanging off the roots of a tree ENGPPP00120120808102948
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A suspected unexploded hand grenade has prompted a large part of Bedford town centre to be closed off.

A member of the public walked into Greyfriars police station at 4.10pm to hand in the old-looking device.

It is understood it had been discovered buried elsewhere in town.

“It is believed to be an old unexploded hand grenade,” said a police spokesman.

Officers called the army bomb disposal squad and, as a precaution, cordoned off the streets surrounding Greyfriars.

Union Street is closed at Midland Road and Alexandra Place, Hassett Street and Priory Street are all off limits.

The bomb disposal experts are now on their way.