Back garden bomb scare

An aircraft training bomb which was found in a Horbury garden on Monday.
An aircraft training bomb which was found in a Horbury garden on Monday.

A MUM-OF-TWO was at the centre of a massive bomb scare after digging up an unexploded device in her back garden.

Clair Coleman had only been digging a few inches in her Horbury flower bed while gardening on Monday when her spade clanged against something hard.

She dug around the object and called her husband Matthew, who rang the police.

Within an hour an Army bomb disposal team was using a robot to detect the suspicious item, while neighbouring houses on Walker Lane were evacuated and police cordoned off the street.

And while special officers discovered it was only a training bomb with no explosives inside, the couple had calmly gone to a coffee shop with their three-year-old daughter Mae.

Mrs Coleman, 40, said: “I hit something with the spade and thought it was too big to be a stone.

“I dug around it, pulled it out with my hands and thought it looked bomb- shaped.

“I called Matthew who came out and also thought it was a bomb and called the police.

“I wasn’t really nervous as I was quite sure it wasn’t going to explode because I had pulled it out with my hands.

“We went and had coffee and cake - it was just another day in the life of the Colemans.”

Within another hour the commotion had disappeared and Mrs Coleman, an ultrasonographer at Pinderfields Hospital, and her self-employed husband were allowed back in to their home.

But they were disappointed to find the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had taken the object with them, leaving little evidence for their other daughter Evie, five, who was at Horbury Primary School at the time.

A police spokeswoman confirmed they were called to Walker Lane, Horbury, at around 11.20am on Monday and evacuated four nearby premises and set up a cordon.

She added: “EOD attended and it was found to be a training device which was then removed.”