Dropshorts atttacking Devizes?


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Possibly the most interesting thing to have happened in Devizes. Ever.


Military chiefs were investigating today after an artillery round from a firing range went five miles off course - and exploded in a field near a railway line.
The shell flew over a busy main road and an entire village before landing just 300 yards from a mainline train track.
It left a 6ft-wide crater in a field owned by farmer Andrew Snook, 55, and scattered earth and rock up to 40ft.
Mr Snook, who farms on the edge of Salisbury Plain at Patney, near Devizes, said it was lucky that nobody was killed and has demanded an apology.
He said: "There was a lot of heavy firing going on and this one blast did really make me wince.
"I thought, 'that's close' and people in the village said they thought it landed right next to the farm but we couldn't find it anywhere.
"It must have come over a couple of villages to get here - if it would have landed in a village it would have been a very different story."
Salisbury Plain covers 300 square miles and is used extensively by the army for ground, air and tank training.
The rogue shell was fired last Wednesday but Mr Snook did not discover the 2ft deep crater in his maize field until Friday.
He says the round must have travelled at least five miles over the A342 and the village of Chirton, which has a population of 250, before reaching his farm.
It landed near the main Paddington to Penzance railway line, which carries thousands of passengers every day.
Father-of-two Mr Snook said: "We live about three miles from the edge of the firing range and around five miles from where they are usually training, so it's come quite a way.
"We found it on the Friday and we called the MoD. They came out on Saturday and started investigating - what type of shell it was and where it has come from.
"They tried to find out exactly what it was but I don't think they really know - if they did they didn't tell me.
"It's a field that I will soon be putting down to maize, so it hasn't damaged a crop, but I want an apology."
A spokeswoman for the MoD confirmed that an investigation was under way.
She said: "I can confirm an incident is currently being investigated but at this time I unable to comment further."

FIVE miles out? That's more than putting an extra aug in, or whatever it is those deaf buggers get up to :)
"But I want an apology"


Sorry about that.

Happy now?
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+5 miles is quite good going; IIRC my best swinger was dropping one just behind the OP party....

At least the worthy Wiltshire yeoman is just asking for an apology - and not "compo" for his trauma and ruined life, etc.


Did it stop the hens from laying?
I'll have twenty quid on him having held up a 4 tonner with his tractor some Friday at knocking off time.
Nowt wrong with the odd 'swinger'...
if he is trying to claim Compo then a couple of boxes of MREs should suffice.
Daily Mail tomorrow " Stray artillery rounds caused flooding , says angry farmer " , while the Express will lead with " Wiltshire house prices crash due to shelling ".
The PM will visit the area by wednesday and Milliband and Clegg are being fitted out with kevlar as we speak .
RE - UBIQUE - Everywhere.

RA - UBIQUE- All over the ******* place.


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I visited Devizes once in about 1986, and I feel that this is "possibly the most interesting thing to have happened to Devizes" My cousin has a pub there somewhere, but I don't like him very much so haven't visited - he has a very fit missus and I would visit her :evil:
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