A FIRST World War tank shell discovered in Bourne had been used as an ornamental money box.
As we reported last week, staff at Bourne Skip Hire and Recycling, in Cherry Holt Road, uncovered the shell, which had been picked up from Moulton Chapel, in with a pile of rubbish.
Police cordoned off the area around the shell and skip before calling in bomb disposal experts from RAF Wittering, who revealed that the shell was from the 1914-18 conflict and was not live.
Police later found out that it had been used as a money box.
Company director Chris Seggie said: “We were a bit shocked to find it in there.
“We didn’t know whether it was live or detonated so I told them to put it down in a safe place.”
PC Nick Smith said: “I spoke to the man who discarded the shell in the skip and he assured me it was an old tank shell last used as an ornament which he put money in.”