Mills Hand Grenade found during Metal Detecting Rally
An unexploded Mills hand grenade was found by a metal detectorist during the three day rally organised by Medway History Finders and held on the Estate on the 9th, 10th and 11th September 2016.
The grenade was found in a grass field close to the Lees Court Mansion. It was "gently" placed beside a tree and the police were called.
The Estate arranged for the cattle, which were grazing in the field, to be moved and the police cordoned off the area until the Bomb Disposal Team arrived from Folkestone Barracks.
The hand grenade was x-rayed but it was not clear as to whether of not it still contained explosives and was therefore not safe to be transported. A 500m area of was cordoned off to allow the Bomb Disposal Team to safely detonate the grenade in the field. The shrapnel confirmed that the grenade did contain explosives.