Hand grenade sparks evacuation of Uckfield Police Station

Update at 4.55pm: All seems to be back to normal at Uckfield Police Station following evacuation after a World War 1 hand grenade was handed in by a member of the public.

The bomb disposal squad has now left the premises. Tape across the entrance has been removed and police cars, which were moved to the neighbouring petrol station, are back on the police station site.

Our original story: Uckfield Police Station was evacuated this morning after a member of the public brought in a World War 1 hand grenade.

The grenade was brought in at about 10.30am, according to a police spokesman. The bomb disposal squad arrived at about 4pm to check the device.uckfield_police_station_1

Police have warned neighbours of the possibility of a 50m exclusion zone being set up once the bomb disposal squad arrives. That could include closure of the road.

Adele Tratham from the Magnet magazine office and Saffron & Sycamore shop across the road said she had heard that a boy brought the hand grenade back as a souvenir from a school trip and his concerned father took it to the police station. The bomb disposal squad was being called as a precaution.

“We are hoping the exclusion zone won’t be set up because then we would have to leave our building,” she said.

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