A grandfather who thought he had found a precious silver ring in the ground ran for his life after discovering it was a pin attached to a hand grenade.
John Hill, 67, was with his family scouring farmland with a metal detector when he stumbled across the shiny metal loop.
He pulled what he hoped was an ancient ring from the ground but then discovered the ring was attached to a pin hanging out of a live Second World War grenade.
Metal detecting enthusiasts have found a wartime identification plate on a north Devon beach and believe it belonged to the father of a Stourport woman.
In February, Paul Fordham and his six-year-old daughter Maya were scanning a beach near their home in Barnstaple.
It was an area used during the Second World War for D-Day preparation, testing of weapons and training by UK and US troops.
One of the items found and collected by the pair was a metal plate, which they initially thought nothing of and stored in a scrap metal box.
Several months after the find, Mr Fordham and his daughter cleaned the plate and discovered the words “S.B.Whitten S.LT. R.N.V.R.”
Bronze Age copper ingots found by a metal detector at Paignton have been officially declared treasure trove.
Archaeologists say the 3,000-year-old ingots are an ‘exciting’ find and Torquay Museum hopes to be able to acquire the heavy lumps of copper, which look like green rocks.
The official treasure trove inquiry by South Devon coroner Ian Arrow heard how Alan Miller, of Paignton, was metal detecting with the farmer’s permission in fields when he found the ingots.
The Herald Express has been asked not to publicise the exact site to protect it from treasure hunters.