WORKMEN have discovered a World War II grenade while draining a lake in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Police were called yesterday morning at 10.53am by workman who came across what they believed to be a grenade while they were draining Jubilee Lake in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) were called and confirmed that although it was a genuine World War II grenade, it was no longer active because the explosives had been taken out.

The scene was secured by police, who also called in Tri-Force specialist search dog Jim with his handler PC Cindy Hargreave.

Wiltshire North Sergeant Louis McCoy Said: “This is quite an unusual incident for Royal Wootton Bassett and certainly not something we see every day.

“The workmen who called police were great and acted quickly to alert us and took all the necessary precautions.

“Our officers arrived and put all the necessary measures in place to ensure the scene was secure, setting up a cordon. Specialist search dog Jim and PC Cindy Hargreave came to assist and helped ensure the area was safe from further explosives.

“It was a great example of partnership working with our EOD colleagues, who arrived swiftly and fortunately found out it was no longer an active grenade.”