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Roy Morton

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Posted: 30/05/2018 00:38:52
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Rooting through some paperwork, I came across a copy of an article which related to the finding of a Calor gas cylinder, that had been filled with a home made ANFO type mix, and placed against the oak plug at the top of of Woodend's Rise.
The 'bomb' had failed to detonate, and after being made safe by the bomb disposal guys, it was dragged out and blown up.

Was anyone ever prosecuted' or was there any further news that came out of the investigation?



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Posted: 30/05/2018 16:38:34
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Sounds like a plot to give John Major wet socks Laugh

The story;
http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/search/display.var.238248.0.po/

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Posted: 30/05/2018 18:10:13
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Roy Morton wrote:

Rooting through some paperwork, I came across a copy of an article which related to the finding of a Calor gas cylinder, that had been filled with a home made ANFO type mix, and placed against the oak plug at the top of of Woodend's Rise.
The 'bomb' had failed to detonate, and after being made safe by the bomb disposal guys, it was dragged out and blown up.

Was anyone ever prosecuted' or was there any further news that came out of the investigation?



Don't think anyone was ever arrested, even though the culprits were known.
I gather even local plod had a fairly good idea who was responsible but not enough evidence to pursue enquiries
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Posted: 30/05/2018 20:31:28
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Roy Morton wrote:

The 'bomb' had failed to detonate


Amateurs Roll Eyes

Four Lion Syndrome in action before it was even a thing.


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Posted: 30/05/2018 21:23:29
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RAMPAGE wrote:

Roy Morton wrote:

The 'bomb' had failed to detonate


Amateurs Roll Eyes

Four Lion Syndrome in action before it was even a thing.



Waj, Omar and Barry! Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

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Posted: 31/05/2018 13:46:08
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Roy I remember reading that. I think it was posted in the CAT journal. I also remember the speculation about the oak plug which seems to have been installed from the 'lake' side leading to a further mystery ? IP: 185.4.156.194
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Posted: 02/06/2018 00:00:59
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Yes, that's where I read it....well an extract from it anyway.
The article also says that it would have been impossible for anyone to have exited the mine before the lot went boom, and have been swept away in the deluge; providing of course that the 'bomb' was strong enough to have blown the barrier.
I don't know if it would have just blasted off the wall and sent a shock-wave along the level, a little like a hole with no stemming acts more like a shotgun.





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Posted: 02/06/2018 23:55:24
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http://www.catmhs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MG-454-Sunday-Times-8-Nov-1998-Bomb-under-Levers-Water-Clip.pdf
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