A SHOCKED family has revealed how they discovered a HAND GRENADE as they cleared out their late uncle’s home – calling in the bomb squad.
Ex-professional rugby league player Phillip Crabtree, 87, died last week, with his family immediately heading to his house to help organise his belongings.
Niece Kathryn Crabtree said her uncle would be “laughing his head off at us having to call in the Bomb Squad”
But the family was given the shock of their life when they started to sort through the three-bedroom semi, in Baildon, West Yorkshire to find a hand grenade.
And after that, a rifle was discovered in his bedroom and then a handgun in the living room dresser drawer.
Niece Kathryn Crabtree, 67, said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she found the weapons – but believed her uncle would have seen the lighter side of the find.
She believes her uncle, who also served in the RAF and was stationed in Germany, may have brought it home.
She said: “He will be up there laughing his head off at us having to call in the Bomb Squad.
“They moved into this house about 45 years ago. He served in the RAF, though I think he spent most of his time in the service playing rugby.
“He must have picked up the hand grenade in Germany and brought it back with him.”
But she said she believed the air rifle had been used for a shocking reason.
She said: “I do know the air rifle was used by him to shoot squirrels in his garden.”
Kath found the grenade on Sunday and phoned police, with authorities heading to the home on Monday – along with the bomb squad.
She added: “I was waiting on the line for a long time, but wanted to get home. I just thought, if it’s not exploded for all these years in his workshop, it’s not going to blow up overnight.
“I told the police about the grenade on Monday and they came round before the Bomb Squad arrived.
“The policeman asked if I had found anything else, and I said he could check – within two minutes he had found another gun.”
Jovial Phil played for top club Bradford Northern in the 1960s and was a TV electrician. His wife Jenny died before him and they had no children.
West Yorkshire Police said: “Police attended at a property on Brantcliffe Drive, Baildon, following a report that a suspected hand grenade had been found.
“A cordon was put in place while the EOD attended at the scene.
“The grenade has now been removed and the scene has been lifted.”
A grenade was found at Keith’s house and had to be removed by bomb disposalCredit: Ben Lack
An air rifle was also found at the propertyCredit: Ben Lack
The bomb squad arrived to remove the grenadeCredit: Ben Lack
A handgun was also found in drawer in the houseCredit: Ben Lack
Police were called to the scene following the discoveryCredit: Ben Lack
Phillip Crabtree, 87, served in the RAF and was stationed in GermanyCredit: Ben Lack
Phil played for top club Bradford Northern in the 1960s and was a TV electricianCredit: Ben Lack
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