Shell kept in garden for a year is detonated

A device found on a diving trip a year ago and kept in a back garden has been detonated by explosives experts.

Police said the shell was found on the sea bed at Ministry of Defence-owned land off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

The man who found it took it home to Caverswall near Stoke-on-Trent where he kept it in his garden.

He phoned police on Monday afternoon after advice from a special constable, and officers stayed nearby overnight to "ensure public safety".

Staffordshire Police and explosive ordnance disposal experts successfully disposed of the shell.

A police spokesperson said: "The badly corroded shell, which contained a detonator, was taken to a nearby field and disposed of by controlled explosion at around 7am today [Tuesday]."

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