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Bomb disposal experts give all clear after 'grenade' alert at Norwich charity shop

PUBLISHED: 12:52 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:43 24 April 2019

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.

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Bomb disposal experts were called to a Norwich charity shop - because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade.

A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Archant.A bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop because of fears a donation of military equipment contained a live grenade. Picture Archant.

Police put a cordon in the area around the Mencap Charity Shop in The Paddocks in Catton after a member of staff at the shop raised concerns this morning.

Norfolk police said they got a call at 8.50am from a member of staff who was worried about the contents of a donation box.

A police spokesperson said it appeared the donation had been made with good intentions, but that one of the items in the box was an old-fashioned grenade.

As a precaution, police asked an explosive ordnance disposal team to attend, and the Royal Logistics Corps bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene at just after 12pm.

A member of a bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.A member of a bomb disposal unit at a Norwich charity shop. Picture Archant.

Two members of the regiment were seen going into the Mencap store.

After just under 15 minutes they emerged with a small box and left the scene.

Shops nearby, including Morrisons, had been evacuated and are closed, and staff at the Morrisons were helping police make clear to drivers that the car park is closed.

However, after the bomb disposal team left at just after 12.20pm, the police cordon was lifted.

Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant. Police at the scene of a grenade scare atThe Paddocks in Catton. Picture Archant.

The car park was reopened, with staff and shoppers allowed back into the buildings.

A Mencap spokesperson said: “At 8.50am today a member of staff at our shop in The Paddocks in Catton contacted the local police regarding an item that had been placed in a donations box.

“All safety procedures were followed. The police have now confirmed that the item is not a danger or threat to life and it has been removed. The shopping centre has now been reopened.”

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