Maresfield Training Centre cordoned off after WWII hand grenade handed in

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THE EAST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) Training Centre in Maresfield is presently cordoned off after a member of the public brought in what is thought to be a World War II hand grenade.

The man handed in the ‘frag’ grenade at the training centre’s reception desk at around 12.15pm this afternoon (Thursday April 12), asking if it could be disposed of safely.

A fifty metre safety cordon is now in place, meaning that the slip road in to the training centre is presently closed.

Other main roads nearby remain open, but there is no access in to either the training centre or the adjacent Veolia recycling site.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Sussex Police are at the scene and an army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit is attending.

The situation is likely to be protracted and both the training centre and Veolia are likely to remain closed for the remainder of this afternoon.

ESFRS advise anyone who thinks they may have discovered any type of explosive device to leave it in situ, evacuate the area and call the police.