HC Deb 02 July 1958 vol 590 cc87-8W
60. Captain Pilkington

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that last week there were two bomb explosions on Canford Heath, Poole, injuring five children; whether he is further aware that the Army have previously made two sweeps of the area and have given clearance certificates; how these accidents occurred; and whether he will take immediate and effective steps to see that Canford Heath is made safe.

Mr. Soames

Three boys were injured on Canford Heath on 21st June when they dug up a shell and threw stones at it until it exploded. I understand that the other accident referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend occurred in a private dwelling and was not connected with the old training area on Canford Heath.

The heath was searched before it was released from requisition after the war, and all missiles found were destroyed. A further search was made over part of the heath in 1956. Whenever a suspicious object is reported we go over all the ground near it, and as a precaution after the recent explosion about 150 acres in the vicinity will again be combed by troops.