WHEN clearing your home to move house, you might expect to find a few old toys or tools lying around.

But one family from Holwell, near Burford, must have had a bit of a shock when they discovered a live Second World World grenade.

Police said the start of a shift last week "went off with a bang" for officers from Witney Police Station.

They said: "Officers were called by a family who had discovered a relic of the past when moving address which had been handed down over the years by relatives."

Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Logistic Corps, identified that the grenade was live and was a Mills Bomb No 36 dating back to World War Two.
It was disposed of in a safe manner.

According to the bomb disposal experts, such munition finds are not uncommon.

Police advised ringing 999 and to assume anything "which presents as an explosive device or a suspicious package as live and dangerous until verified otherwise by the experts".