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'Device' which sparked Kent high street evacuation handed in to charity shop

Police believe the 'device' is a war time shell Photo: JSSevenoaks/AntoniaWood

The 'device' which sparked an evacuation of shops in Kent was handed in to a charity store.

Peter Higgs, the manager of the Oxfam store on Sevenoaks High Street, said it was handed in this morning and looked like a 'very large bullet'.

Kent Police were called shortly before 11am this morning. They enforced a cordon, which has since been lifted.

Mr Higgs told ITV News Meridian that two community support police officers remained at the scene. The item is due to be removed.

It was handed in this morning. When I saw it, I called the police. We shut for one hour and a half. They advised we evacuate our staff and customers. I only had to look at it to realise it was something unusual. On it, it said '30mm armoured personnel carrier'. It was some sort of projectile. Originally, I thought it was a piece of trench art, but then I looked online.

– Peter Higgs, Manager of Oxfam Sevenoaks