Scarborough Police Station (Bomb) Mortar Shell

Bomb Taken To Scarborough Police Station

Scarborough Police Station mortar shell

North Yorkshire Police Statement:

“On January 27 2014, an old world war mortar shell was handed into Scarborough Police Station by a man who found it while clearing out his grandfather’s garage.

The incident attracted some local media coverage as the car park of the police station was temporarily cordoned off.

The man would like to point out that he was advised by a member of police staff to take the shell to the station and North Yorkshire Police are happy to confirm that this was the case.

13 March 2014


Real Whitby statement:

Real Whitby can confirm that the man who delivered the mortar shell was not in any way affiliated to Real Whitby.

Real Whitby can further confirm that we are both relieved and thankful that the Police Station was not blown up.



5 Responses to "Scarborough Police Station (Bomb) Mortar Shell"

  1. Tim Hicks  March 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Regret we don’t have a picture of the Desk Officers face when the live mortar bomb was put down on the front counter, but hope he will have a sense of humour about the colleague that told a member of staff to deliver an unexploded bomb to him.

    Seriously,I have seen what a mortar bomb can do and the explosive content of a bomb of that age could well have been unstable. Well done to Scarborough Police and the Royal Logistics Corps for dealing with a very dangerous incident that could have resulted in serious loss of life.

    Glad everyone is OK.


    • TimHicks  March 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      This should say member of the public not member of staff. Sorry for the typo. Tim

  2. Elizabeth Truesdale  March 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    So . . . the police didn’t send an explosives team to pick it up, but instead directed the man to drive it, presumably in his car, to um, the center of town? It is very lucky the mortar didn’t go off!

    • Tim Hicks  March 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Dear Elizabeth,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I agree that the bomb should not have been transported to the Police Station. However, once it got there it was dealt with properly. All’s well that ends well.

      Best regards,


  3. Glenn Kilpatrick  March 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    God, can you believe that. Im hoping whoever told the man to bring his bomb down to the Police station,is in line for quite a bit of training in the forthcoming year.


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