Explosive device found on Easter hunt

The incident happened at Woodlands Hill in Somerset Credit: ITV West

A man on an Easter egg hunt in Somerset got more than he bargained for when his search for chocolate brought him face to face with an unexploded hand grenade.

Police closed part of the A39 near Holford for a short time while bomb disposal teams were sent in.

The woodland, near Holford, has now been declared safe after experts carried out a controlled explosion on the device.

Father-of-three Stuart Moffatt, from Holford, was taking part in the hunt when he spotted the Second World War hand grenade underneath a child's feet.

The engineering consultant said the explosive was egg shaped.

He said: "We were beginning to count the eggs up at the end of the hunt and I saw a young boy, around three years old, standing on an object. On closer inspection we realised it looked like a hand grenade."

Stuart alerted the leader of the Stowey Bears group, who had organised the hunt, and they slowly moved the children away from the scene.

Avon and Somerset police have confirmed that the device has now been destroyed.