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A springer spaniel who was rejected as a sniffer dog by the emergency services showed her stuff by detecting a bomb buried on a beach.
Failed sniffer dog Luna’s nose led her to the bomb buried on Winterton beach in Norfolk on Sunday.
Luna, whose police career bombed when trainers said she was no good, was taken on as a pet by Steve Rose.
He took the dog for a walk and she sniffed out a live mortar shell in the dunes.
Mr Rose said: ‘She held it in her mouth and tossed it around like a tennis ball. I couldn’t believe it when I saw what she was playing with.’
Failed sniffer dog Luna’s nose led her to a bomb buried on Winterton beach in Norfolk
Lorna sniffed out a Second World War live mortar shell (pictured) in the dunes
Shocked, he contacted emergency services and an army bomb disposal team from Colchester was called.
They put up a cordon to keep people away after identifying it as a World War Two device which could still contain some explosive.
Mr Rose, 51, an electrical engineer for the offshore wind industry, added: ‘It’s likely some of Luna’s basic training kicked in.
‘She trained as a sniffer dog with the services but failed the tests.’
The mortar was about 8ins long and 2ins wide.
People on social media were quick to praise Luna and her ‘wonder snout’, saying she deserved a special treat as a reward.
Luna’s owner Steve Rose called Norfolk Police after the springer spaniel discovered the bomb, who then contacted the army bomb disposal team from Colchester
People on social media were quick to praise Luna and her ‘wonder snout’, saying she deserved a special treat as a reward
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘An army team attended an incident in Winterton at the request of Norfolk Police. The team identified a Mortar High Explosive that had failed to function.
‘The item was a British weapon likely to be from the WW2 era and was safely destroyed via a controlled explosion.’
In the First World War the dunes were used as practice trenches along with a possible rifle range.
In the Second World War, there was a minefield and military camp as part of extensive defences to stop a Nazi invasion across the North Sea.