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I was nervous carrying old grenade, says PSNI officer

Discovery: the rusty grenade
Discovery: the rusty grenade
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

A police officer has revealed his nervousness as he carried a suspected Second World War grenade down from the Mourne Mountains.

The PSNI's Search and Rescue Team responded when the rusted object was found near the top of Slieve Commedagh in Newcastle on Saturday.

An officer posted a photo on the PSNI Newry and Mourne Facebook page, showing him holding the grenade.

"Do you ever get a moment where you question whether your colleagues actually like you?" he asked.

Ammunition Technical Officers - better known as the Bomb Squad - had determined it to be "inert ordnance", which "needed carrying down the mountain and delivered to them for disposal", he wrote.

The officer continued: "I was assured it was safe whilst simultaneously being warned not to 'drop it on its nose'."

"I was also confused as to why there was a permanent 100 metre gap between me and all my colleagues.

"Happily I made it in one piece."

Last week, a suspected First World War grenade was removed from a house in the Madison Avenue area of north Belfast.

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