Brothers find hand grenade at Chasewater

Matthew and Luke Little

Matthew and Luke Little

A hand grenade has been found by two brothers at Chasewater.

The military item – which could date back to World War II – was discovered by nine-year-old Luke and 11-year-old Matthew Little.

It is the latest item to be uncovered as the reservoir is drained to allow for vital repairs to be carried out on the dam.

The pair from Bloxwich were visiting the country park with their grandparents Pam and John Golder.

Luke and Matthew said:

“It was really exciting to find the hand grenade. We were careful not to go near it, and told the staff at Chasewater about it as soon as we saw it.”

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The grenade found in Chasewater

A specialist bomb disposal unit was called in to make the grenade safe.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“As we’re draining the water out of the reservoir, as part of the major improvement works to Chasewater’s eastern dam, it is revealing lots of interesting finds. It is really important that if anyone suspects that they might have found what looks like a bomb, or any other kind of ammunition, that they don’t go near it, and report it to the staff at Chasewater Country Park or the police straight away.”

To find out more about the improvement works to Chasewater’s dam, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/chasewaterdamblog.

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