Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad destroy suspected grenade

A SUSPECTED grenade fished out of the river at Lechlade today has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

A man who was fishing with a magnet near to the Halfpenny Bridge pulled the device out of the River Thames.

As a safety precaution road closures –  on the A361 Lechlade Road from the town to the Bridge House Campsite – were put in place while officers awaited the arrival of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

The Riverside pub was also evacuated.

A force spokeswoman said: “The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has attended and the grenade destroyed in a controlled explosion.

“Closures are being lifted and local residents will be pleased to hear that The Riverside pub has been reopened.”

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