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Bomb alert closes road.

ARMY bomb disposal experts blew up a high-explosive shell found by divers in the River Leam yesterday.

The 5in shell was found near the river bank below the busy Willes Road bridge in Leamington - where several others were discovered a year ago.

Police were alerted at 11.40am and cordoned off the area while they waited for the bomb disposal team.

Several corroded handguns, rifles and shells were found at the spot last year by divers working for the council to check flood damage to the footings of the bridge .

One possible explanation is that unwanted weapons and shells were thrown into the river in 1940 by a Dads' Army team.

The latest shell was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Police said the road was reopened after about 20 minutes. and that disruption was kept to a minimum.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 31, 2000
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