I sincerely hope warnings of possible unexploded ordnance at Sovereign Harbour are not completely disregarded. During the early 1960s, when the Burton Road estate was being developed, I attended with the duty sergeant to examine a mortar bomb which had been uncovered during site excavations. My supervisor declared to the assembled workmen that the item “looked to be harmless” and he would take it to the Police Station and put it with other suspect items in the bomb store behind the Town Hall.
It was then that I handed the keys of the patrol car to my sergeant and said, “I you are putting that thing in my car, I am walking back to the ‘Nick’.”
The sergeant was a reasonable man and sought a second opinion from the Military Bomb Disposal Unit – which later attended and detonated the bomb on site.
Mapleleaf Gardens, Polegate
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