Published: 29/07/2014 16:32 - Updated: 29/07/2014 16:45

War trench evidence uncovered at Moray school

INVESTIGATIONS are to be carried out after an aerial image emerged of a wartime trench, in what are now the grounds of a Moray primary school.

The aerial photograph, taken at the site of the playing fields at West End Primary in Elgin, was discovered by staff from Moray Council’s environmental health section as they were researching another site in the area.

The photograph, taken during the Second World War, shows a military defensive trench and a number of parked military trucks.

Although the local authority says it is unlikely that live ammunition training took place at the site, it says it is possible that caches of weapons were buried there.

A Moray Council spokesman said: "It is only thanks to the emergence of the photograph that we became aware of this trench and the plan is to undertake a comprehensive geophysical survey of the site.

"Any anomalies that the survey throws up will be excavated at the time and dealt with.

"The work will begin on Monday (August 4) and should take only two or three days so it will be completed before the school reopens after the holidays."

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