Explosives found after tip-off

2016-04-12 06:00
Warrant Officer Keith Chandler shows of the grenades confiscated after an unknown man came to the police station to report a community member who was keeping them at his house.

Warrant Officer Keith Chandler shows of the grenades confiscated after an unknown man came to the police station to report a community member who was keeping them at his house.

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Explosive devices used by public order police during riots were confiscated from the home of a former police officer in Diep River.

According to Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson for the Diep River police, a known informant brought a black bag containing explosives – two CS grenades and two 37mm explosive rounds – to the station on Friday 1 April.

After further investigation the address was identified as that of a former police officer.

Chandler went to the address but the owner was not there. However, for the safety of the immediate community the crates containing explosive devices were removed and taken to Diep River police station. Following the discovery of these explosives, various units were contacted including bomb disposal.

Three rocket hand-held flares, 123 grenades and 124 37mm explosive rounds were recovered.

At present the explosive devices are deemed to be in a safe state and pose no immediate threat. The devices used to be issued to Public Order Police service units in the case of riots.

A case was opened for investigation; no arrests have been made yet.

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