70-year-old grenade brings bomb squad

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A grenade handed in to Can­nons Creek community po­lice base last week was 70 years old and posed no threat, but po­lice took no chances.

At about 9.30am on Tues­day, an As­cot Park res­i­dent walked in to the base with the grenade in a plas­tic bag. The of­fice was im­me­di­ately cleared of the two Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing team mem­bers and two vol­un­teers, while nearby build­ings were cor­doned off.

A bomb dis­posal team from New Zealand De­fence Force came from Tren­tham and took the grenade, un­der­stood to be 70 years old, away to be dis­posed off.

Kapiti Mana Po­lice area com­man­der John Price says there was never any dan­ger to any­one in the Bed­ford Court area, ‘‘but we treat any ex­plo­sive de­vice as a risk’’.

The pub­lic should call po­lice to the site if any­thing of this na­ture is found, not take it to the sta­tion.

‘‘Some­times, peo­ple might be clear­ing out their par­ents’ garage af­ter they’ve passed away and there might be ammo or grenades brought back from World War II. Call 111, ask for po­lice and we will call out the NZDF.’’

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