Dog walker's shock at grenade find

Dog walker's shock at grenade find

Police and bomb disposal experts study the grenade

Visitors on the beach on Sunday afternoon

Councillor Dave McLeod on the beach

Clair and Steve Watson on the beach

The grenade found on Saturday

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A DOG walker has described the heart-stopping moment she picked up a hand grenade on the beach thinking it was a stone.

Clair Watson was throwing pebbles for her dog Bonnie at a Dovercourt beach yesterday when she found the Second World War explosive.

She called over to another walker and he phoned his son, who is an army explosives expert. He set up a cordon when he arrived – averting a potentially deadly game of fetch – and called the bomb disposal team based at Colchester Garrison.

Mrs Watson, 41, from Clacton, said: “I was going to throw it for the dog.

“It wasn’t until I picked it up that I thought it was a weird-looking stone.

“It didn’t look like a hand grenade at all at first, but then I looked it.

“I said to my husband: ‘What the hell is that?’. He said it looked like a hand grenade.”

The bomb disposal team, coastguard and police quickly arrived at the beach and removed the grenade.

Police issued a statement saying a dog walker had thrown the grenade for their dog.

But Mrs Watson said: “I joked to the policeman I had been about to throw it for the dog, but I would never have thrown it.”

For the full story, see Monday's Gazette

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6:44pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.
The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead. Arthur Fonzarelli
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9:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Mr Stork says...

Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.
Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.[/p][/quote]Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers. Mr Stork
  • Score: 8

12:01am Tue 19 Aug 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

Mr Stork wrote:
Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.
Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers.
Please ignore the comment, it was posted in my absence and does not reflect my opinion. Apologies.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Stork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.[/p][/quote]Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers.[/p][/quote]Please ignore the comment, it was posted in my absence and does not reflect my opinion. Apologies. Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: -2

6:45am Tue 19 Aug 14

Bengreen1980 says...

Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
Mr Stork wrote:
Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.
Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers.
Please ignore the comment, it was posted in my absence and does not reflect my opinion. Apologies.
Ah the old comment ghost strikes again!
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Stork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: The dog should never have been on the beach in the first place, read the signs next time or better still let your dog foul on Clacton's beaches instead.[/p][/quote]Get your facts right Arthur! Dogs are allowed on the beach this time of year as long as they are on a lead.Maybe you should read the signs after you've been to specsavers.[/p][/quote]Please ignore the comment, it was posted in my absence and does not reflect my opinion. Apologies.[/p][/quote]Ah the old comment ghost strikes again! Bengreen1980
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

This thread has completely blown up
This thread has completely blown up Suffolkcommuter
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