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A cordon was set up outside Littlehampton police station in West Sussex after the man walked in at 7.45pm yesterday and said he had what he believed was a second World Warmortar round in his van which was parked outside.
He told officers he had found it sticking out of the ground in Whiteway Woods near Arundel earlier in the afternoon.
After viewing the device police evacuated the station, along with an adjacent ambulance station and probation offices, while a 100-metre cordon was set up. No homes had to be evacuated.
A Navy bomb disposal team from Portsmouth was brought in to deal with the bomb and established that although it was a live device, it was safe for them to remove it in a container. The cordon was lifted by 9.40pm.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: ``The ordnance disposal team ask us to remind people that they should leave such devices where they are found and call police so that experts can come to the scene and deal with them safely.''
He added that emergency service response to the public was not affected at any stage during the incident