The discovery of what was thought to be a World War II German stick grenade led to the evacuation of a local tip today (Monday).
Police were alerted to the alarming find and officers were sent to gather photographs of the object for further assessment.
Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy confirmed that they believed the object to be a stick grenade and immediately deployed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Portsmouth to conduct further on-site investigations.
Once on scene, it soon became clear that the grenade was in fact a replica.
It’s thought that a member of the public placed the item in the bin for disposal, which in turn led to a full scale alert at a waste and recycling centre causing hours of disruption.