London police called in the bomb squad after a father spotted a boy standing on a hand grenade during an Easter egg hunt.

The grenade, believed to be a relic from the Second World War, was found in a field next to a busy road. The bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion.

The egg-shaped hand grenade was spotted by father-of-three Stuart Moffatt, 34, at the event organised by a pre-school group.

Mr Moffatt, an engineering consultant, was there with his wife Victoria, 35, and their children Nelly, five, Isla, two, and 11-month-old Freddie.


He said "We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object. It was brown and about four inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade.

"I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock. The leaders did a great job keeping the children calm."

About 25 children, aged between two and five, had been at the hunt near woodland at Holford, Somerset just yards from the A39.

Police later confirmed the grenade had been destroyed and the bomb disposal team declared the area safe.

- Daily Mail