Peterborough magnet fishing warning after ‘unexploded Second World War bomb’ pulled from River Nene

Visitors to Ferry Meadows and other parks in the city are being urged not to take part in ‘magnet fishing’ after a suspected ‘unexploded Second World War bomb’ was pulled from the River Nene.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 3:23 pm
Police at the scene last night. Pic: Dennis Halfhide - Smith
Police at the scene last night. Pic: Dennis Halfhide - Smith

A large police cordon was put in place at Orton Mere Lock last night after a suspected unexploded bomb, described as looking like a second world war device, was found by a someone magnet fishing.

A spokesman for Nene Park Trust, which runs the area, said they were unable to search the waterways for any other devices - but reminded visitors magnet fishing was banned in the park. The spokesman said: “Nene Park Trust have been made aware of the situation and whilst they do not have the equipment nor expertise to search the river, they will assist the relevant services with any enquiries they undertake.

“Magnet fishing is a prohibited activity in the Park and will be reflected in our Park Code going forwards.”

Police at the scene last night. Pic: Dennis Halfhide - Smith

Police have been unable to confirm if the device itself was explosive, but said it was about 10cm in length and 2.5cm diameter, with the person who contacted the emergency services saying it ‘looked like a Second World War bomb.’