Stunned angler pulls 19 World War Two hand grenades out of a river while magnet fishing

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AN angler pulled 19 World War Two hand grenades out of a river while “magnet fishing”.

Che Williams, 42, said he “tossed aside” the first one — and admitted it “may not have been the brightest idea”.

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Che Williams pulled 19 World War Two hand grenades out of a river while ‘magnet fishing’[/caption]

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Che said he ‘tossed aside’ the first one — and admitted it ‘may not have been the brightest idea’[/caption]

He was using a powerful magnet in the hope of finding a metal fishing lure he lost on a previous trip.

The dad of two then pulled out another 18 within half an hour — two with the arming pins still in — before asking Facebook pals’ advice.

Che said: “I didn’t want to drive home with bombs in my car so I put them in a carrier bag.

“A chap replied saying I should call the police or I could end up getting myself blown up.”

Police and an Army bomb disposal team arrived within minutes at the River Tame, near Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, on Saturday.

They found they were British Army Mills bombs, an early hand grenade, but had no explosives.

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Che was using a powerful magnet in the hope of finding a metal fishing lure he lost[/caption]

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Police and an Army bomb disposal team were called to the quiet spot on the River Tame, near Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands[/caption]

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Experts found the ‘catch’ contained British Army Mills bombs and an early hand grenade[/caption]


Che said: “They’ve said I won’t be getting them back.

“It’s disappointing as I was told I could get £150 for them. I would’ve preferred to catch my lure as it cost me £20.

“The most I’ve caught before is some scissors and a wheel hub in Leamington Spa.”

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