A SUSPECTED World War Two mortar bomb and three food thieves wielding knives have seen Somerset’s police called out over the past week.

As some of the nation’s designated key workers, police continue to work around the clock to keep communities safe.

On Friday (March 20), officers visited the home of a vulnerable person in Weston-super-Mare to carry out a welfare check and arrested two teenage boys after recovering suspected class A drugs.

The boys, aged 18 and 19, were released under investigation while forensic tests are carried out on the substances.

Sunday evening saw police rush to a petrol station in Taunton after reports of three people carrying out a robbery.

Officers reached the scene in Priory Bridge Road at just after 7.15pm and found three people had stolen food before threatening a worker with a knife.

A man and a woman were both arrested by 9pm, and remained in police custody at the time of publication.

Enquiries continue into offences of theft, public order and possession of a bladed article.

On Sunday morning (March 22), police responded to an unusual call as a homeowner thought he had discovered a Second World War mortar bomb in his garden in Berkeley Road, Fishponds, Bristol.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit were sent out at around 11.55am, and removed the suspected explosive before detonating it in Mayfield Park South.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “We’ve never faced a public health emergency like this and the restrictions put in place to keep us all safe will continue to have a big impact on our everyday lives. Understandably, many people are feeling concerned and anxious about the health and wellbeing of their family and loved ones.

“I want to reassure each and every one of you that we are still here for you.

"We’ll continue to respond to emergencies and high priority incidents 24-hours a day, seven days a week and we’re still patrolling our communities, arresting offenders and detecting and solving crime.

“It was uplifting to see so many messages of support for the emergency services and the NHS in people’s windows."