An army bomb squad has ‘safely disposed’ of an unexploded World War Two mortar shell.
Police and members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment were called to land at Whin Isle Farm, Blackburn Road, Clayton-le-Moors.
The shell was found in a very old Army bag by a dog walker near a river embankment.
Police confirmed they arrived on the scene at around 4pm on Tuesday, May 26 and the EOD unit from Chester took the shell away for assessment.
A British Army spokesperson said: “An Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team of the Royal Logistic Corps, based at Dale Barracks in Chester, attended a location near Accrington yesterday and assessed a suspect device which had been found inside a plastic bag by a member of the public.
“On examination, it became clear that the object was an empty mortar shell of the type usually used to illuminate battlefields.
“The device posed no danger to the public and was taken to a military location where it was safely disposed of.”
‘Shellshocked’ Paul Threlfall, who has run Whin Isle Farm for around 15 years, said that it had provided “a bit of excitement for the day”.
He said: “I didn’t know anything about it until the police arrived.
“They just came into the farm and said they had uncovered a suspicious package. They went down the field near the river.
“There were four policemen and two vehicles. One of them came back and said it was a World War Two shell.”
Mr Threlfall, 45, who also runs a farm in Rishton, added: “We’ve never had anything like this on the farm before.
“I have had animals on that field for as long as I can remember.
“It was very near the river and I think the erosion from the river might have exposed it.
“A couple of my friends go round there metal detecting and they would have had a shock if they had found that!”
Council leader and Clayton-le-Moors county councillor Miles Parkinson said the dog walker’s find was a ‘very unusual’ discovery.
He said: “You don’t normally get that type of thing somewhere like that.
“It’s usually near an army barracks or old firing range.
“Who knows how it got there?
“People do come across unusual finds but something like could have been very unstable.”