Two men have been arrested after imitation grenades were found in a Westgate property yesterday (September 6).
Police attended the incident in Westgate Bay Avenue and called in the bomb disposal team after finding the ‘grenades.’
The Royal Logistics Corp Explosive Ordnance Device team arrived at about 3pm. The road was cordoned off and some people were evacuated from their homes. As part of the incident police, including armed officers, also attended a property in Invicta Road, Margate. Forensics and officers returned to that address today (September 7) and the bomb disposal team has also been called back in..
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police officers attended an address in Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate-On-Sea and assisted with a cordon whilst experts from the Ministry of Defence Ordnance Disposal Unit assessed two objects that had been found.
“The objects were later confirmed to be imitation grenades. Two men have been arrested in relation to the investigation and remain in custody while enquiries continue.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed the find, adding: “They (grenades) were taken away to be destroyed and the incident was closed at 4.30pm.”
Unbelievable that this is happening in sleepy Westgate-on-Sea! Well done to the police.
It may well be they’ve done nothing wrong, not an offence to possess an imitation/deactivated grenade, though it would be if they were used to threaten or cause alarm to others with them. Lots of people have what others would regard as odd interests/hobbies.
I suspect it’s more than that, as police were still on the scene at 3pm today, around 30 hours since they first got there. I confess that I don’t actually KNOW though, no more than those who claimed that the devices were unexploded WW2 bombs “knew”.
Peter seems to have changed his opinions since yesterday!
I’ve listened to your wise words Richard! ; )