Gardener finds third grenade
Bomb squad called to allotments despite no digging plea
A gardener sparked a third bomb alert at Fife allotments after ignoring a warning against digging.
The army’s bomb disposal squad was scrambled to Silverburn Park, Leven, after a grenade was unearthed.
After two wartime devices were found last month, Fife Council had told plot holders to stop cultivating until the area was examined by specialists and given the all clear. But yesterday afternoon police cordoned off the area as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team dealt with the third device to be found.
Council allotments officer Peter Duncan said: “Following the previous incident... we had advised allotment holders not to dig on their plots until further notice, so it’s very unfortunate that this has happened.”
The plot where the latest find was made has been closed completely.
A survey of a large swathe of the park has been conducted, and results are expected next week.
A bomb disposal squad had to be called yesterday after another grenade was found at a Fife allotment site.
Gardens at Silverburn Park on the outskirts of Leven were cordoned off by police as the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team dealt with the wartime device.
It is the third device to be unearthed in the allotments in recent weeks.
Plot-holders were told last month not to cultivate their patches until a specialist examination of the land had been conducted.
However, yesterday’s discovery was made when an overgrown area was dug against advice.
The plot at the centre of the drama, where two devices have now been found, has been declared a no-go zone.
Peter Duncan, Fife Council’s allotments officer, said: “Following the previous incident at Silverburn we had advised allotment holders not to dig on their plots until further notice, so it’s very unfortunate that this has now happened.
“Access to this plot will be completely restricted for the moment.
“The specialist company we contracted to check the site have scanned not just the allotments but also the whole lower part of the park this week, including the land FEAT (Fife Employment Access Trust) plan to develop as a campsite.
“Once they’ve analysed all the data gathered and reported back to us in the next week or so, we’ll be in touch directly with allotment-holders to let them know what will happen next.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Fife were called to an allotment in Silverburn Park, Leven at around 12.30pm on Friday, July 13, after a member of the public discovered what appeared to be an old grenade.
“The area was cordoned off as a precaution while the EOD disposed of the item safely.
“The public are thanked for their cooperation during this time.”
Leven, Kennoway and Largo Labour councillor Colin Davidson said yesterday’s incident was “unnecessary”.
He said: “This has been an unfortunate ignoring of the rules.
“The person probably did it with the best of intentions, but it was quite clear they had only to water the plants and not plant anything new or do any digging until the survey was complete.”
He said he hoped it was another dummy grenade but warned: “It could have been live.”
“Access to this plot will be completely restricted for the moment
Danger zone: Silverburn allotment officer Peter Duncan says no one will be allowed on to the area until investigations are complete.
Gardens in Leven’s Silverburn parklands have been declared a no-go zone following the latest discovery.