Child found hand grenade in a garden

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BOMB squad officers were called in after a little girl found an unexploded hand grenade in the garden of a house in South Yorkshire.

The device, which is believed to have still had the pin in it, was uncovered in Merrill Road, Thurnscoe, Barnsley, at 7.40pm on Tuesday evening.

Police were immediately called to secure the device.

One local resident told The Star: “We all heard that a little girl had found a hand grenade and that the pin was still in it - it’s horrifying to think what could have happened.

“At least six police cars showed up outside the house on Tuesday night and they were only there for half an hour.

“We’re all amazed by the discovery, as these are all newly-built houses and nobody can believe it wasn’t found earlier.”

Officers who attended at the scene said that the hand grenade appeared to be old, but it was not clear how long it had been buried.

The grenade was taken to a police station in Barnsley where it was collected and destroyed by bomb disposal experts.

An investigation into how the grenade came to be buried at the site is ongoing.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called after a hand grenade was found in the garden of a property on Merrill Road in Thurnscoe.

She added: “Local officers liaised with Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts and the device was taken to Wombwell Police Station overnight and has since been safely disposed of by EOD officers.”