Shortly after 11 am this morning, officers from the Metropolitan Polices’ Firearms Command (SCO19) confirmed that they had been called to an incident on 19th Feb whereby a council working had found several deactivated Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) munitions.
A spokesperson for the specialist unit said:
‘Following a call from a council worker, SCO19 were first on scene to find these RPG munitions hidden under a bush in Leytonstone yesterday afternoon.
‘Expo officers removed them safely and confirmed these were once legitimate explosives which had since been deactivated”.
A rocket-propelled grenade is a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon system that fires rockets equipped with an explosive warhead.
Most RPGs can be carried by an individual.
These RPGs are affixed to a rocket motor which propels the RPG towards the target and they are stabilised in flight with fins.
No further information is known at present in relation to how the munitions got there, who had left them or what they were intended to be used for.
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