Artillery shell find

AN unexploded World War Two shell was discovered in a resident’s room at Coxbench Hall Residential Home.

Bomb experts were called to the home last Saturday, August 13, after staff found the 12-inch long, cone-shaped artillery shell and placed it at the bottom of the garden.

It was found while staff were clearing the room of a resident who had moved out.

Fortunately, X-rays showed that the shell was not live, meaning residents, staff and locals living nearby did not need to be evacuated.

Olive Tomlinson, manager of the home, said she was shocked when she saw the shell, which she believes was put in a storage cupboard in the room when the resident — a man in his 90s — moved in six years earlier.