Evacuations after wartime bombs found in home

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A 35-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft after First and Second World War munitions were found in a home.

The man, from Bicester, was arrested this morning, Thursday, after a number of warrants were executed in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday, Wednesday, to target the theft of heritage artefacts and munitions. He is currently in police custody.

The munitions were found at an address in Buckingham Crescent, in Bicester.

An exact list of all the items has yet to be established by investigating officers at the address. Controlled explosions will be taking place to safely remove the artefacts and munitions found at the property.

Ch Supt Amanda Pearson said: “These controlled explosions pose no threat to the general public. As a precaution we have evacuated a few properties in close proximity.

“The seizure will take some time to process all the items recovered. We have experts in place to deal safely with the items recovered.”

Mark Harrison, national policing and crime advisor for English Heritage, said: “The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously.

“We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land.

“We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice.”