“Controlled detonation funded by tax-payers” confirms council

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in attendance after a suspicious device was found in the River Great Ouse.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in attendance after a suspicious device was found in the River Great Ouse. Image: supplied

Bedford Borough Council has confirmed that the cost of the controlled detonation of a device pulled from the River Great Ouse yesterday (Sunday) would be covered by local tax-payers.

On Sunday (26 November), Bedfordshire Police said they were dealing with a “suspicious device” that had been recovered from the river.

Read: Police close roads and perform “controlled explosion” of device found in River Great Ouse

The device was discovered by people magnet fishing, a pastime that is not permitted on the River Great Ouse.

The discovery led to several roads being closed and the eventual controlled detonation in a safe location.

In a statement to the Bedford Independent, a spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said: “Magnet fishing is not permitted on the River Great Ouse or in any of our parks.

“The activity, by its nature of removal of metal objects, can put those taking part and other members of the public in danger.

“The cost of the controlled detonation will be covered by local taxpayers and the road closure by the police and highways.”

The Council said that fishing is allowed along the River Great Ouse and also at Harrold Odell and Priory Country Parks.

“A permit scheme is in place at both the parks, and fishing is permitted along the River Great Ouse, albeit you will need a rod fishing licence if you are aged 13 or over and you want to fish, these are available here.

“There are also many private angling clubs in Bedford and the surrounding areas.”

 
 
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