A rocket propelled mortar has been removed from Totnes Recycling Centre for further investigation. It was placed in a skip and narrowly missed being crushed by a JCB.
It's not known whether the mortar had already been deactivated before being disposed of, or whether it had potential to explode.
– Councillor Roger Croad
We like to think that we can recycle most things to avoid them going into landfill, but rocket propelled mortars are definitely not on our list of recyclables.
Seriously though, it’s rather irresponsible to leave ammunition or explosives at your local recycling centre, and possibly endangering staff and the public.
Explosives and items like this require specialist disposal, and we ask anyone with such items to contact the Police or the Coastguard for further advice.
– Councillor Paula Black
Please can people check that the items they want to dispose of at the recycling centre are actually appropriate for recycling at the centre.
The recycling centre is now open and working again as normal.
A recycling centre has re-opened after a bomb alert in Totnes. Police were called to Babbage Road at around 8.30 am after a member of the public discovered what appeared to be a mortar shell. A bomb disposal squad have removed the device after finding that it was inert.
The recycling centre on Babbage Road in Totnes has been closed this morning after reports of a suspicious item.
Police received a call from a member of the public at around 8:30am. It is believed the item - which is about a foot long - could be a motar shell bomb.
The bomb disposal unit is on its way to the scene.