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'Depth charge' was cricket club's roller

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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BOMB disposal experts were stumped when they rushed to Bude after a report that a deadly Second World War depth charge had been found on a beach.

The solid cylindrical device was uncovered following the recent storms and shifting sands on Middle Beach, forcing the area to be cordoned off.

But it turned out to be a cricket club's steel roller.

Police and an MOD bomb disposal unit were unable to tackle the cylinder on Wednesday due to tidal conditions but returned on Thursday when the tide receded.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Police attended the scene again, with a bomb disposal team, to investigate the item. Due to its size and solid nature, initially the MOD team had concerns with regards the viability of the device, and requested an initial 100-metre cordon around it.

"It was later identified as possibly being a very old steel grass roller possibly stolen in 2002 from Bude Cricket Club."

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