Artillery shell lands off course

The army has suspended all live firing on Salisbury Plain after an artillery shell landed five miles in the wrong direction.

New safeguards after artillery shell goes off course

Army representatives have met with Patney Parish Council following an incident in which an artillery shell fired from Salisbury Plain landed five miles in the wrong direction.

They've issued the following statement

Last week an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary of the Salisbury Plain Training Area. All artillery firing was suspended and a thorough investigation was immediately initiated.

As a result, additional safeguards have been introduced to our existing safety procedures to help ensure this does not happen again.

The Army has apologised to the landowner affected and the local community. We can be clear that the safety of our personnel and the general public is our priority in all training.

– Army spokesperson

Live firing on Salisbury Plain remains suspended

The army has issued a statement following last week's incident in which an artillery shell fired from the training range on Salisbury Plain went five miles of course and exploded in a farmer's field.

Following an incident last week in which an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary, a thorough investigation was initiated.

Live firing will remain suspended until the investigation has reported, local residents have been informed of the outcome and, if deemed appropriate, additional safety measures are in place.

The officer responsible for the safe use of the range has spoken to the land owner where the shell landed and apologised.

– Army spokesperson

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Artillery round leaves 6 foot crater after flying off course

An investigation has been launched after an artillery round flew off course at army firing ranges in Wiltshire.

The round landed at Patney near Devizes approximately 5 miles from where it was originally launched.

It flew over two villages and exploded after landing in a farmer's field, leaving a hole around 6 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep.

We can confirm that during live firing on Salisbury Plain Training Area last week an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary. No one was injured and no property was damaged but all live firing has been suspended while this is investigated.**

– Army spokesman