A teenager has reeled in a huge arsenal of weapons including grenades, guns and knives from Britain’s waterways since taking up magnet fishing to keep him off the streets.
George Tindale, 13, has recovered the deadly haul of firearms from rivers and canals since getting into the unusual hobby with dad Kevin, 50, just a year ago.
In just the last four weeks alone, the schoolboy had uncovered two unexploded grenades, two military officers handguns, two pistols, a Pinfire Revolver 1880, and a machete.
The cache of weapons were handed in to police after being pulled from the River Soar in Leicester – and even led to the Bomb Squad being called out.
Since taking up the hobby 12 months ago George has uncovered a staggering total of five guns, 50 knives and three bombs.
He has also caught 55 shopping trollies, mobile phones, drug scales, safes, power tools, lawnmowers, and four motorbikes - of which one was reunited with its owner.
George, of Newark, Notts., said he began his unusual hobby after watching a video of a magnet fisher online in August last year.
He set up his own live-streams on YouTube as Magnetic G, and his finds have been viewed around half a million times with more than 2,200 global subscribers.
George said: “It’s very rare for magnet fishers to ever find a gun in a river, so to pull out as many as I have is very rare. We’ve had some amazing finds .
“I’ve never been one for computer games or hanging around the streets, I like to get outdoors and do shooting with my dad and metal detecting.
“Some of them must have been there for decades, if not centuries.
“We hand all the weapons into the police so they can be checked. We get them back if the police are sure they’re safe. Its incredible what people dump.
“I got into it through watching a Youtuber. I thought ‘I have got to do this’. I find it really fascinating. I use a 200kg magnet. It’s the best magnet to use for magnetic fishing.”
On August 11, police sealed off a stretch of the path along the river and contacted the Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, (EOD) after George found two grenades.
The first was believed to be a Mills Bomb, while the other was thought to be a so-called stick grenade, both used during the First World War.
George added: “I found a German stick grenade from 1915 in the River Soar. This is when the Bomb Squad were called.
“I found an English Mills grenade also from 1915 in the same spot.
“It’s quite possible they were left by the same person or thrown in there at the same time. I also found four handguns in the River Soar. One was a Paramount pistol.
“I never dreamed I’d find so many strange and unusual items when I took up magnet fishing.
“I have to check what these guns are and hand them into the police, as it’s illegal to own a handgun. That one was handed over.
“I was allowed to keep two obsolete calibre guns. A Belgian Pinfire revolver and a .320 Webley revolver.
“The other one was too rusted to tell what it was, but it was some kind of revolver.
“I have found a machete in the River Soar, and lots of knives, including a Scotsman’s Sgian-dubh, which is a dagger kept in a sock and usually worn with a kilt.”
His collection also includes what could be an age-old stonemason’s chisel that was still embedded in rock when dragged to the surface, dozens of hammers, other tools, fishing tackle and even a metal Christmas tree.
Keen environmentalist George also clears plastic from the river beds alongside his metal treasure troves.
Proud mum Denise Newton added: “”He’s only been properly magnet fishing for one year, but to find so many weapons is unheard of – he’s on a roll at the moment.
“It is fascinating by concerning that there’s so many guns and knives in our waters but I’m glad he’s helping the environment
“All of these things have a story to them, how did they end up there?
“He has been environmentally conscious since he was just seven and would help clear up a lake by our home.
“Every piece he is removing is helping the planet, a lot of it is draped in plastic and will end up in our oceans.
“Some of the items are mundane but they are all polluting the water and killing fish and wildlife, so i’m very proud of what he does.”
George’s YouTube channel can be found here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCvjoxN4_vKPVVLcxdvGfw