BOMB disposal experts were sent to Malton yesterday after a Second World War mortar was found by workmen working on the refurbishment of The Talbot Hotel in Yorkersgate.
It was found at around 4.25pm and a Bomb Disposal Unit from Catterick Garrison identified it as a 2ins German high explosive smoke mortar bomb which was one of thousands dropped from enemy aircraft during the conflict.
Police initially put in place a 200m cordon after the device was uncovered in open ground between the hotel and the River Derwent. But Sgt Nick Wood of the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal Unit confirmed it was safe. He added: “To us it’s a piece of metal but the police did the right thing.”
Photos were taken of the device, which still contained its explosive, and sent to the bomb disposal team at Catterick but they told the police the device was safe ahead of their arrival.
The photos showed that there was no detonator because a dimple in the device meant it had already fired.
Acting Police Insp Daniel Spence said: “We have liaised with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Catterick who have advised us it is safe but they are coming to collect it and take it away.”