Oct 15 2013 By Gemma Jaleel
A KEEN gardener was shocked to discover a World War II bomb as she mowed her neighbour’s lawn.
Anne Mawdsley, 67, had just finished mowing her lawn and decided to cut her neighbour’s grass on Thursday afternoon when she made the find in the back garden of a house in Formby.
After alerting the police, officers arrived at the scene on Whitehouse Avenue at around 3.15pm and bomb disposal experts arrived to carry out a controlled explosion.
Anne told the Formby Times: "I always try to help my neighbour Amy out when I can. My lawn only takes a couple of minutes to do, so I nipped round to do Amy’s.
"I’d just finished when I spotted it on top of the soil. I didn’t think anything of it at first.
"But then I thought it looked a little like a bomb. I don’t know where it came from but Amy had some workmen in the day before who were putting in some new fencing and posts for her.
"They must have dug it up and left it there. So I called by the police station.
"I said to the officer ‘will you come by the house, I think I’ve found a bomb’.
"He laughed, he must have thought I was joking. But he came round and took a look. Then he phoned a few more officers to take a look and the next minute they’re closing off the street."
Anne and her neighbours were evacuated as a precaution while officers assessed the situation.
Experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were called in by police who took the device away and carried out a controlled explosion on Formby beach shortly after 6pm.
Anne who has lived in White- house Avenue with her husband Bart for 45 years, said: "I went and had a cup of tea at my neighbours down the street. They couldn’t believe that I’d found a bomb."
Bart added: "We’ve been here all this time and it’s been lying there in the garden for so long.
"If the fence panels hadn’t been put in we probably wouldn’t have known about it."But this used to be all fields around here so it makes sense."
A Merseyside Police spokes- man said: "We had a call at about 3.15pm that a member of the public had found what was described as a large device thought to be a World War II bomb.
"Officers atten- ded and the bomb disposal unit was called in to carry out a controlled explosion."