Police Cordon in Oxford Near Cherwell River

Police Cordon in Oxford Near Cherwell River after teenage boys who were fishing found what is believed to be a military mortar.

Here is the latest from Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police officers have located the suspicious item which was found yesterday (7/10) in the Cherwell River in Christchurch Meadow.

Two teenage boys who were fishing in the river found what is believed to be a military mortar.

Following an appeal, officers today located the boys who directed them to the item.

The area in which the item was located has been contained, and experts from the armed forces are on their way to the scene where they will deal appropriately with the device.

Investigating officer Ch Supt Andy Boyd, head of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Policing, said: “I am very grateful to the members of the public who helped to share our appeal, and for spreading the message about this incident.

“I am also grateful to the two boys who helped us locate this item and ensure that it was safe and that no members of the public are at risk.

“I understand that some people who wished to use the park today have been inconvenienced, and I would like to thank them for their ongoing understanding and patience.”

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