BREAKING NEWS: Bomb squad back at Kings Drive building site

80 World War Two grenades found at building site at Kings Drive, Eastbourne SUS-150316-164741001
80 World War Two grenades found at building site at Kings Drive, Eastbourne SUS-150316-164741001

Another World War Two grenade has been found at a building site at Kings Drive - just weeks after the discovery of a cache of 80 devices.

Sussex Police said a call came in at 1pm today (Monday, April 13), after reports of a grenade at the building site, which is earmarked for almost 120 new homes.

It said the device looked similar to the 80 grenades found at the site on March 16, and the bomb squad was on its way to detonate the grenade.

As the grenade was found 10 metres from the pavement at Kings Drive, officers were at the scene keeping members of the public on the other side of the road as a precaution.

On March 16, a cache of more than 80 World War Two grenades were discovered at the site after a workman picked one up.

The grenade exploded, causing ‘a sheet of fire’, and police and firefighters were called.

It was when the bomb disposal unit from Folkstone turned up that a cache of around 80 of the grenades was discovered.

At the time, Sussex Police shut Kings Drive, so the bomb squad could detonate the grenades.

Marked ‘AW Bomb 1940’ the grenades were thought to have been phosphorus incendiary grenades created as improvised anti-tank weapons when Britain was facing invasion following the army’s evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.

They were made by chemical company Albright & Wilson in the form of bottles filled with incendiary liquid.

The 80 grenades were put into two skips and detonated.

At the time of the discovery, Stanley Coombe, 89, of Hampden Park contacted the Herald and Gazette, as he used to be in the Home Guard.

He said, “I remember the grenades being buried. It was part of the Home Guard stash, it was put there in case we were invaded. It had to be in 1943. There were a lot of them [stashes], they were all over the place.”

The building site which is just off of the Rodmill roundabout, is a site for almost 120 homes, which are being built by Bovis Homes. It will be called Meadows View.