Royal Navy bomb disposal expert made MBE

A Royal Navy expert who oversaw the safe disposal of a 500lb Luftwaffe bomb found at London’s King George V Docks has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Under Lieutenant Commander Sean “Central” Heaton’s leadership, specialist divers from Portsmouth and Plymouth-based bomb disposal units have rendered safe or disposed of nearly 16,000 potentially explosive items.

These included sea mines, torpedoes, hand grenades, mortars and bombs dropped by aircraft, as well as present-day improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Lieutenant Commander Sean 'Central' Heaton
Image: Lieutenant Commander Sean ‘Central’ Heaton. Central Fife Times & Advertiser/Associated Press

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Source: Central Fife Times & Advertiser