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Militaria lots trigger bomb alerts

Bomb alerts disrupted two separate northern auction houses when the alarm was sounded over militaria items included in sales.

An army bomb squad turned up to The Auction Centre in Runcorn, Cheshire, to remove a First World War German stick grenade which was part of a private collection due to be offered on October 28.

Separately, a militaria collection of mainly First World War items triggered a police response with the bomb squad and army in attendance at Ryedale Auctioneers in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, on October 13. It is believed police were altered by a phone call from someone in Essex who had viewed the sale online.

One item, the fuse of an artillery shell, was removed for safety reasons after an on-the-spot X-ray proved inconclusive as to whether it was live or not.

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