Man discovers 36 Second World War grenades in South Cave wood
A DOG walker with a metal detector got the shock of his life after unearthing 36 Second World War hand grenades.
The man, who has not been identified, made the discovery on Saturday morning at a popular beauty spot in South Cave.
An Army bomb disposal unit was quickly dispatched to safely detonate the explosives.
The grenades were discovered in the woods at Little Wold Plantation on the outskirts of the village.
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Manager of the nearby Fox and Coney pub Tynan Dugid said: "We believe a dog walker with a metal detector discovered the grenades while walking through the woods.
"I have lived here for 24 years and regularly walk up there but have never discovered anything like this.
"It is scary when you think about it."
The grenades were detonated at about 10am, after the area had been sealed off.
A nearby resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I heard the bang and wondered what was going on.
"I was told a bomb had been found.
"We believe a secret army, ostensibly the Home Guard, had a base up in the woods, so that might explain why the grenades were there.
"The woods have been a popular walking place for generations."
One dog walker, who did not want to be named, admits the find was a surprise.
She said: "I heard them detonate it on site. There was a loud bang.
"If you think about it, these Second World War grenades could be anywhere.
"My children used to play at the plantation all the time when they were young.
"It is a popular area for walkers and I go up there a lot myself."
No one from Humberside Police, which co-ordinated the operation, was available to talk to the Mail this weekend.
It is not known if the grenades were primed when they were discovered or exactly where they came from.
But a local Second World War researcher believes the grenades might well have belonged to one of the region's Auxiliary Units.
Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (Cart) researches and documents all aspects of the British Resistance movement in the Second World War.
Cart's Yorkshire information officer Andy Gwynne confirmed Little Wold Plantation was used by one of the units.
Mr Gwynne said: "This plantation is where there was an operational base for the Auxiliary Unit.
"It is more than likely these grenades were linked to this base.
"There were three bases in the area at South Cave, North Cave and Brough.
"These grenades would probably have been stored properly with grease-proof paper and would be in good condition.
"But they would have to be primed before they would go off.
"A lot of these bases had ammunition stores filled with explosives, grenades and other weapons.
"I have not been to the base at South Cave but there would probably have been a bunker up there."
We would really like to speak to the dog walker who discovered the grenades. Could the dog walker, or anyone who knows him, contact James Campbell at the Mail on 01482 315365.