Cumbria

Mortar found in Carlisle war memorabilia collection

Explosive device. Photo: Cumbria police
Image caption The device was a live mortar

A mortar has been detonated after being found among a collection of war memorabilia in Carlisle.

Police were informed about the discovery of a device, which was a live mortar, at Strawberry Terrace on Tuesday.

An Army team carried out a controlled explosion in the Kingmoor area, which was completed safely.

The mortar was discovered among a collection of war memorabilia recently purchased at an auction.

Cumbria Constabulary Insp Tony Quinn said: "Old Army ordnance sometimes turns up in the strangest places.

"Don't attempt to move or interfere with the device - if in any doubt contact the police and follow the advice given."

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