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Explosive charges stolen in Nottinghamshire

Charges are legally used by railway personel Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are asking members of the public to be alert in Nottinghamshire, after a satchel containing small explosive charges was stolen from a car in Sutton-in-Ashfield this morning.

It is not thought that the thieves were aware that the charges, which are used in the railway industry, were in the bag when they broke into the grey Vauxhall Astra in Bramley Court, some time between 12:30am and 1:30am.

The thieves also stole a sat-nav system and car's stereo.

The distinctive bag has 'LOOKOUT' written on the front Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

The explosives are small yellow discs kept in a red plastic canister with the word 'Explosives' printed on it. If detonated, they could cause a serious injury to anyone who is handling them at the time.

The satchel is blue and the word ‘LOOKOUT’ printed in white lettering.

If anyone has seen or finds either the charges, the canister, or the satchel, they are advised not to touch them, but to telephone Nottinghamshire Police on 101 immediately.

Wartime bombs found on beach

Ministry of Defence experts will continue to assess the situation after more than 1,000 explosives from the Second World War were uncovered following a landslide at Mappleton beach , near Hornsea. A guarded cordon was put in place after the

ordnance became exposed and army bomb disposal experts from Catterick in North have been dealing with the incident, They carried out 15 controlled explosions on Sunday and MoD experts will continue to assess the situation in the area which was used by the RAF during the war for target practice.

"Ordnance is uncovered several times a year due to coastal erosion but with the recent poor weather we've had it's exacerbated the erosion and all this has been uncovered, There is a mix of rockets, mortars, 25lb bombs and more. We are advising people to stay away from the area."

– " Mike Puplett of Humber Coatsguard


'An enormous loss to us all'

An inquest will be held into the death of the first British female explosives expert to be killed in Afghanistan. Captain Lisa Head, of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps, was injured while defusing an improvised explosive device in Helmand province in April 2011.

The 29-year-old, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was flown home and treated at hospital in Birmingham where she later died.Capt Head had deployed to Afghanistan in March last year. She had cleared one IED in an alleyway in Nahr-e-Saraj when a second device exploded.

We wish to say that we are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had two families - us and the Army. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full. No-one was more loved.

– Lisa's family statement

Captain Lisa Head will be remembered by the officers and soldiers of theregiment as a passionate, robust and forthright individual who enjoyed life tothe full - be it at work, on the sporting field or at the bar. She was totally committed to her profession and rightly proud of being an ammunition technical officer.She took particular pride in achieving the coveted 'high threat' status whichset her at the pinnacle of her trade... Her potential was considerable and she will be an enormous loss to us all.

– Lieutenant Colonel Adam McRae, the regiment's commanding officer

The inquest will be held at Bradford Coroner's Court this morning.