UPDATE: Gravesham Civic Centre evacuated after grenade handed in

PUBLISHED: 09:47 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 11 March 2016

The grenade discovered at Gravesham's Civic Centre on Thursday

The grenade discovered at Gravesham's Civic Centre on Thursday


The grenade was reportedly handed into the reception, which was evacuated on police advice

Gravesham Civic Centre was evacuated yesterday (Thursday) afternoon after a woman brought in a hand grenade.

Following the discovery, the building was fully evacuated, and a performance in the studio theatre was cancelled.

The woman reportedly brought in the weapon after she found it while clearing her late father’s house in Istead Rise.

She then drove it to Gravesend and handed it in to the police office inside the centre.

The grenade, which dates back to 1971, was then removed by the an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

A council spokesperson said:“Everything was done to ensure there was no risk to the public and to staff. Advice to anyone finding suspect devices should inform the police immediately and not attempt to touch or move it.

“This woman’s actions were misguided if well intentioned but it is foolhardy to move such devices and potentially very dangerous.”

Following the discovery, a performance of Austen’s Women was cancelled at The Woodville theatre, and a public council meeting was postponed.

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