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Eurostar issues ‘no bombs on board’ reminder ahead of First World War armistice events

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Eurostar has been forced to remind passengers not to bring bombs on board ahead of the First World War armistice events.

Enthusiasts have in previous years attempted to return to the UK from France with replica shells, and with decommissioned bombs, but they fall foul of Eurostar rules despite being souvenirs.

A statement from the cross-channel company said: “As you’re travelling during the commemoration period, please remember that you can’t bring any real or replica bombs, shells (complete or partial) or weapons on board – even if you bought them from a gift shop.

“If you bring them with you, they’ll be confiscated at security and may result in the need to evacuate the station.”

First World War shells turned into flowerpots have become popular souvenirs in France and Belgium but have prompted security scares as passengers attempt to bring them on board.

Other security alerts have been caused by passengers trying to bring back ordnance found by farmers in northeast France.

According to Eurostar, even disarmed bombs will set off X-ray alarms.

Armistice Day events in France began on Sunday, with President Emmanuel Macron starting the first of the country’s week-long commemorations.

Scores of world leaders including Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will travel to France next weekend for a ceremony to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Theresa May will meet Mr Macron for a ceremony at the Somme on Friday. They will lay a wreath together, with poppies and the French equivalent of the British remembrance flower, le bleuet.

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