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Unexploded bomb defused

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: July 07, 2010

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Bomb disposal experts have diffused a large Second World War explosive uncovered near Rugeley.

The 250lb device was dug up by construction workers near Anson’s Bank car park - a former bombing practice range used by British troops.

Police cordoned off the area at around 11am on Friday and both the Army and RAF bomb disposal units were called out to dispose of the device.

It is believed the bomb was supposed to be detonated for practice in the early 1940s but never went off.

Army spokeswoman Rachel Smith said: “We were called by the police to a report of a suspected bomb.

“When we arrived at the location it was found to be an airdrop type weapon and so an RAF squadron who specialise in that type of disposal were called in.” The bullet-shaped bomb was three feet in length and one foot in circumference.

Phil Mills, aged 65, who was walking his dog nearby when the bomb was discovered said: “It was a big bomb. The police arrived and immediately cordoned off the area. When I came back again the following day it was still being dealt with.” After it was made safe, Staffordshire Police spokesman Nick Pritchard said the force guarded the device overnight before it was removed at around 10.45am on Saturday morning.

The explosive is thought to have been a Mark 5 British bomb which was dropped by planes flying from RAF Hednesford during the war.

The camp trained more than 80,000 troops before it was demolished in the 1970s.

Among the aicraft based at Hednesford were two Spitfires - one of which is still flying in New Zealand.

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