VIDEO: World War 2 bomb found on Pendle

VIDEO: World War 2 bomb found on Pendle

Pendle Hill

A bomb disposal expert looks on as Xanthe Gill shows off the detonator

The bomb disposal squad at the scene

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MPs have called for police and mountain rescue teams to search Pendle Hill for unexploded World War Two bombs after a walker found a device on farmland.The man, believed to be from the Clitheroe area, discovered the ‘two-inch high explosive’ mortar while out walking on Saturday.

He only raised the alarm at noon following day and an army bomb squad was called to the scene in Sabden.

Royal Logistics Corps bomb experts attended and sealed off the immediate area as two technicians wired up the unexploded ordinance, believed to date from the 1940s, for a safe detonation.

The device is thought to have been uncovered in the recent wet weather.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I would call on the police and mountain rescue teams to work together to search the area to make sure that no other devices have been unearthed by the bad weather.

“It’s a big safety concern and we need to make sure that Pendle Hill is safe.

“I’m sure that between the organisations they can come up with a plan to sweep the area and rule out this happening again.

“I recently took part in a training exercise with the mountain rescue team and I’m sure they would be able to conduct a search of the area.”

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said: “I think that the police should conduct a sweep of the area just to make sure that no others have reached the surface after the recent bad weather.

“People have to be careful and they should report any item that looks suspicious.

“This is obviously a rare event and I’ve never come across something like this in all my 21 years as MP.

“We need to make sure that the area is safe and that no-one is put off coming to the Ribble Valley.”

In May 2008, bomb disposal experts collected an unexploded bomb from a Ribble Valley village.

A police car was seen escorting the army vehicle towards the fells at Chipping.

The area, which was private land, was used as a training range between the two world wars.

Historian Roger Frost, from Burnley, said: “Pendle Hill was used extensively during the war for training purposes and I would not be surprised if there are a lot more up there.

“The army took over the area at the start of the 1960s and conducted a sweep to attempt to remove any devices that had been left behind.

“They are highly dangerous and even more so if they are picked up and carried around.

“They were used a lot during training exercises on Pendle Hill and a lot more could have been uncovered by the recent bad weather.”

The bomb was found in a field belonging to Rattenclough Farm in Wesley Street and police invited Sabden resident, Xanthe Gill, the niece of the owners, to detonate the mortar.

The 24-year-old said: “It was all a bit exciting and I don’t think many people really realised how big the explosion was going to be.

“It was very cool to be asked to press the button and I’m glad that it didn’t hurt anybody.

“I think that others have been found in the area before but this is certainly the first in my lifetime.

“No-one had any idea that it was there and the recent bad weather must have brought it to the surface.”

The controlled explosion was safely carried out at around 4.30pm on Sunday.

A police spokeswoman said officers were not planning to cordon off any of the hill area to carry out searches but said anyone who came across anything suspicious should not approach it but contact police.

She said: “An officer at the scene said that extreme weather could have caused the device to be unearthed.

“A controlled explosion was carried out a few hours after we received the call.”

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8:23am Tue 7 Jan 14

lancs1985 says...

Another great idea by the so called MP, who iv never seen walking the hills of pendle in 23years of living n walking the hill, never had no problems what so ever another waste of money if this happens,

If anyone has any sence at all they no what to do so why waste the money of 2 sources to go over ground whats miles n miles, and aswell it doesn't say about the walker being off the actual public footpath does it

nigel eveans should concentrate of sorting the ribble valley out and stop these poxy little town houses being built in country villages looking like eyesores,

Any one noticed that no new houses being built in Pendleton and wisewell, erm wonder why!!!!!
Another great idea by the so called MP, who iv never seen walking the hills of pendle in 23years of living n walking the hill, never had no problems what so ever another waste of money if this happens, If anyone has any sence at all they no what to do so why waste the money of 2 sources to go over ground whats miles n miles, and aswell it doesn't say about the walker being off the actual public footpath does it nigel eveans should concentrate of sorting the ribble valley out and stop these poxy little town houses being built in country villages looking like eyesores, Any one noticed that no new houses being built in Pendleton and wisewell, erm wonder why!!!!! lancs1985
  • Score: 15

8:48am Tue 7 Jan 14

shytalk says...

Pendle used to be a training ground for the army years ago who were based in Low Moor in Clitheroe. There used to be regular searches by the army bomb disposal unit. Used and unused munitions were regularly found especially after wet weather which used to expose them for some reason.
Pendle used to be a training ground for the army years ago who were based in Low Moor in Clitheroe. There used to be regular searches by the army bomb disposal unit. Used and unused munitions were regularly found especially after wet weather which used to expose them for some reason. shytalk
  • Score: 5

10:39am Tue 7 Jan 14

useyourhead says...

Sounds like a job for the community payback team ;)
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But on a serious note, it is a bit overboard to say the whole hill should be searched just because of this rare event. Some might even enjoy walking there more if it offers a hint of perceived 'danger'.
Sounds like a job for the community payback team ;) - But on a serious note, it is a bit overboard to say the whole hill should be searched just because of this rare event. Some might even enjoy walking there more if it offers a hint of perceived 'danger'. useyourhead
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

N4you! says...

pendle witches won't be disturbed will they
pendle witches won't be disturbed will they N4you!
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

Mountain Rescue are volunteers who give their time freely to aid and rescue people who need assistance in the outdoors. They are not a free service for MPs to use to carry out a pointless search for something that may not even be there or, if it is, they might never find.

In addition if there is potentially dangerous ordnance up there then the answer is not to send dozens of people tramping acrss the hillside and putting themselsves in danger.

Why don't the MP's use the plentiful spare time they have when not sitting in Parliament and have a look themselves.
Mountain Rescue are volunteers who give their time freely to aid and rescue people who need assistance in the outdoors. They are not a free service for MPs to use to carry out a pointless search for something that may not even be there or, if it is, they might never find. In addition if there is potentially dangerous ordnance up there then the answer is not to send dozens of people tramping acrss the hillside and putting themselsves in danger. Why don't the MP's use the plentiful spare time they have when not sitting in Parliament and have a look themselves. It's a spade!
  • Score: 3

3:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Barb-Dwyer says...

if the MPs want it doing why dont they do it?

they complain there arent enough police on the streets but will gladly use the few they have to search a hillside. Mountain rescue teams are volunteers - but not bomb disposal volunteers.

another bright idea by our over paid, under worked MPs
if the MPs want it doing why dont they do it? they complain there arent enough police on the streets but will gladly use the few they have to search a hillside. Mountain rescue teams are volunteers - but not bomb disposal volunteers. another bright idea by our over paid, under worked MPs Barb-Dwyer
  • Score: 6

9:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

globetrot says...

Here's an idea Stephenson. You go and search for the devices and when you find one, jump on it.
Here's an idea Stephenson. You go and search for the devices and when you find one, jump on it. globetrot
  • Score: 1

10:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Pan-cake says...

Are Telegraph readers so thick that they need to be told SIX times that bad weather caused the object to be revealed?

Hmm, well maybe - some of the contributors to the comments columns on here are obviously a penny short of a full shilling.
Luckily one of the Royal Logisitics guys lent me a tin hat which I am now wearing, as I fear there will be some incoming from irate contributors.....
Are Telegraph readers so thick that they need to be told SIX times that bad weather caused the object to be revealed? Hmm, well maybe - some of the contributors to the comments columns on here are obviously a penny short of a full shilling. Luckily one of the Royal Logisitics guys lent me a tin hat which I am now wearing, as I fear there will be some incoming from irate contributors..... Pan-cake
  • Score: -1

12:46am Wed 8 Jan 14

useyourhead says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Are Telegraph readers so thick that they need to be told SIX times that bad weather caused the object to be revealed?

Hmm, well maybe - some of the contributors to the comments columns on here are obviously a penny short of a full shilling.
Luckily one of the Royal Logisitics guys lent me a tin hat which I am now wearing, as I fear there will be some incoming from irate contributors.....
Exactly. bad weather caused it to be revealed... therefore searching will be unproductive because if there are any more we won't find them till bad weather turfs them oot! .. and here, just as on Pendle hill, your tin hat is not required!
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maybe a tinfoil one ;)
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: Are Telegraph readers so thick that they need to be told SIX times that bad weather caused the object to be revealed? Hmm, well maybe - some of the contributors to the comments columns on here are obviously a penny short of a full shilling. Luckily one of the Royal Logisitics guys lent me a tin hat which I am now wearing, as I fear there will be some incoming from irate contributors.....[/p][/quote]Exactly. bad weather caused it to be revealed... therefore searching will be unproductive because if there are any more we won't find them till bad weather turfs them oot! .. and here, just as on Pendle hill, your tin hat is not required! - maybe a tinfoil one ;) useyourhead
  • Score: 0

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