VIDEO: Bomb squad carry out controlled explosion

Police carry out controlled explosion after hand grenade is handed in to the station
Police carry out controlled explosion after hand grenade is handed in to the station

A controlled explosion of a grenade was caught on camera after it was handed in at the police station yesterday afternoon.

Bomb disposal experts detonated the device on a field near Beds Police HQ at around 11.30am today - almost 19 hours since it was discovered.

Yesterday afternoon the unexploded hand grenade prompted police to close a large part of Bedford town centre.

It is understood it had been discovered buried elsewhere in town and handed in at the cop shop by a member of the public.

Officers are now asking anyone who discovers historic devices suspected to be an explosive to call police immediately - and not to disturb the object.