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Discovery of grenade sees Finsbury flats evacuated

Specialist officers safely dispose WWII grenade found in a flat

11 September, 2017 — By By Koos Couvée

RESIDENTS of a tower block in Finsbury were evacuated on Friday after a live World War Two grenade was discovered in a flat.

Police attended Godfrey House on the St Luke’s estate in Bath Street after staff cleaning the flat of a former elderly resident found the explosive device. Specialist officers arrived at the scene and removed the grenade for safe disposal.

As a precaution, the residents in the flats were evacuated for about an hour as the device was safely removed, the Met said.

Bunhill ward councillor Claudia Webbe said: “The house was no longer suited to his [the elderly tenant’s] needs. He had hoarded so much he was not able to clear his flat and a charity was helping him [clear up].

“The move will help him decide the things he does not need – clearly a grenade is one of them.”
She added that “it was a good evacuation”.

There have been no arrests.

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