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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Metal detecting debut almost goes with a bang for little Oliver Hudd in Dartford

When six-year-old Oliver Hudd set out on his first outing with his new metal detector, he could never have imagined what he'd find.

For with just a few sweeps of the ground, the youngster had found an 8lb First World War bomb, sparking a police operation that saw a road cordoned off and a bomb disposal squad rushing to the scene.

Oliver was looking for Roman coins in his grandmother's garden in Darenth Road, Dartford, with his father Jason when the drama began.

His mother Jenny Smith said: "Jason was using it for a bit without any luck, but as soon as Oliver touched it, it started beeping.

"Jason dug down and felt the spade hit metal. He kept digging and hit it a good few times with the spade before seeing the pointed end and realising it looked like a bomb."

The father-and-son treasure hunters raced into the house to tell the family.

"I thought Jason was just mucking about at first and I didn't really believe it," the mother-of-two added.

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