A cache of bullets found in Leeds back garden

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A police investigation has been launched after a couple has stumbled across a cache of 7,500 bullets in the back garden of their Leeds home.

Rifle rounds, machine gun rounds, shotgun cartridges and dozens of 9mm and 8mm rounds were found dumped in ponds at the home of Neil Tipping and girlfriend Eleanor Mercer in Roman Terrace, Roundhay.

Now the terrified couple who had planned to settle down at the house want to leave.

Mr Tipping said: “It’s really unnerved us. I’m terrified that next time I’m mowing the lawn I’ll run over a bullet that hasn’t been found yet. One of us could be seriously hurt.”

The couple moved into the rented house last September, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that Mr Tipping came across a single bullet while gardening. “Something fell from the pile of weeds I’d pulled out and it hit the paving stones with a clink,” he said.

“I didn’t think much about it until it happened again with the next pile – and I saw a flash of gold.

“My first thought was ‘Oh my God, I’ve found treasure!’ I was thrilled.

“But I picked the metal up and realised it was a bullet.”

A phone call to the emergency services sparked a major response from the police and the fire service.

An intensive two-day search followed, during which most of the bullets were found in two ponds.

West Yorkshire Police have now launched an investigation to find out where the bullets came from.