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Second World War bombs found in Sark and Alderney

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ISLANDERS have been reminded to be careful of unusual objects, after three unexploded bombs were dealt with by the bomb disposal team this week.

One of the German anti-personnel S-Mines which was dealt with on Sark this week. (24425354)

The Guernsey Police bomb disposal team had to go to Sark and Alderney on Monday to deal with the devices.

In Sark, two German anti-personnel S-mines were destroyed in a controlled explosion. Known as the Bouncing Betty, these weapons sent out a spray of ball-bearings lethal up to 20 metres and caused injuries at 100 metres.

The two devices had been found recently on Port a la Jumet by members of the public.

Four years ago, nearly 80 of these mines were found in a field in Sark and destroyed in controlled explosions.

The unexploded bomb in Alderney was also destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The piece of ordinance was found in the undergrowth by a member of the public near Fort Tourgis, who reported it to the police.

A Guernsey Police spokesman said if islanders came across any suspected explosive, they should not attempt to move it.

‘Just give us a call, we’re more than happy to come and look at it,’ he said.

Guernsey Police maintains a specialist team of officers to deal with Second World War explosives and potential terrorist threats.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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