Britain is on high alert for terrorist attacks, with the threat level still classed as substantial. This series has unprecedented access to the British Army soldiers who serve as part of the UK’s bomb disposal elite, and also provides an insight into the training that they receive at ‘Bomb School’ in Bicester. Sergeant Alex ‘Swansea’ Hughes is called out at night to a woodland near Clitheroe, where a dog walker has found an explosive dating back to World War II. Swansea must make it safe by taking it to a large open field and blowing it up. It’s thought that there are 21,000 sites in the UK with unexploded World War II ordnance. Sergeant Sam Jones is based at RAF Northolt, just outside London. A veteran of Afghanistan, he has seen a spike in the number of calls the bomb squad receive in the UK due to a new craze: magnet fishing. Treasure hunters hurl large industrial weights into lakes and canals but often get more than they bargained for, pulling out all manner of potentially deadly explosives including mortar bombs and hand grenades. One ‘fisherman’ has caused a major incident by disposing of a hand grenade he found in a dustbin on the industrial estate where he works. If it explodes it could rupture a nearby gas main, with catastrophic results. For Sam, and his number two, Corporal Blake Cookson, it’s a race against time. In Greater Manchester, police have arrested a man who had a hand grenade in his locker at work, At the man’s home in a tower block, Staff Sergeant Steve Cockburn discovers a hoard of military munitions. Meanwhile, at Bomb School, the bomb squad train to deal with booby traps.
Inside The Bomb Squad (Ep1) – Monday 8pm on Channel 4