Carnaby wrote: The standard of reporting - from the Horncastle News, 12 October 2017
In addition, another 10 canisters have been found in a lake neat stixwould
It is believed the canisters date from WW2 and had possible kinks with the home guard units.
Sup Vickers did confirm the canisters in the lake had been put their more recently.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the canisters and have been released in police bail.
Is there hope?
edit - you missed Sup instead of Supt. ....
The standard of journalisim/written english in some of our local newspapers is certainly appalling. In this case it reminds me of an unchecked online OCR output, or perhaps it was just thumb-typed on their mobile phone
I had always thought that journalists submitted their stories to a Sub-editor for marking and correction but maybe in these days of digital publishing, that role no longer exists.
Apart from that there are some awful word fillers used as well, the one i hate the most is the use of the phrase ",as reported, " often repeated several times in the same article.
I have been away so have not updated the story from the Police press release ....
Update Friday 13th October:
Thank you to those who attended the meeting last night at the Petwood Hotel. We hope you found the content useful/helpful.
The community is asked to avoid the woodland area concerned and it remains cordoned off at this time. There is still a need for the area where the ammunition was found to be fully decontaminated, although the items found on site have been safely removed from site. The site is safe if left undisturbed but an area will be fenced off (with a security presence) for a period of time whilst site surveys and decontamination takes place. Don't be concerned by this. We will only be fencing a relatively small area.
One of the photographs is of the canisters recovered from Stixwould lake by Royal Navy divers. The lake has now been handed back to the owner and no contamination was found - all 10 canisters were recovered and are intact.
They supplied a number of additional pictures, this of a canister from the lake
But I think these are archive pictures for reference
The sites have been handed back to the owners ( of the lake) and East Lindey District Council who said on the 16th
Decontamination of the site where the Mustard Gas was found
We have today met with the Ministry of Defence to discuss the decontamination process and the next steps.
In the meantime, an area within the woodland remains fenced with a security presence in place.
We are asking the community to continue avoiding the woodland at this time.
We thank the community for their continued patience.
Image 2 in Kevin's post (below) clearly shows the coil of Safety Fuze unwound from the stowage under the cap (missing or removed) and the Match Composition Head on the end used to ignite it. In practice, if several of these were placed to contaminate paths of enemy advance a service Portfire would have been used to quickly and positively ignite them.
I found a diagram in my records. Sorry about the image inversion:
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Quote: Despite the chemicals being found on a former RAF base, Mr Bauer said the weapons were not to be used by the RAF.
They weren't found on a former RAF base, they were discovered adjacent to it.
Quote: RAF Woodhall Spa did have huge chemical bombs which were to be dropped on Berlin in the event of the Nazis dropping chemicals on London. “These bombs were professionally removed at the end of the war. They were the size of a mini, can you imagine digging a hole to dump that in?”
Utter garbage! The nearest chemical weapons to the airfield were stored at Norton Disney FAD / FFD, 21 miles to the west, and the Market Stainton FAD subsite Green Lane Hemingby 11 miles to the north. They were never issued to the airfields.
Please can we wipe the Internet and start afresh.
Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite