Dowsing For Danger: ‘Grosvenor Scientific’ Raided

Last night I got a very interesting phone call, just as I was about to rush off to Manchester for the Greater Manchester Skeptics In The Pub talk with Simon ‘Quacklash’ Perry (which was, as expected, brilliant). The call was from a journalist at ITV, regarding the bomb detectors which don’t actually detect bombs, and what I knew about a company called Grosvenor Scientific. The answer, alas, was pretty much zilch, although a quick Google got me the following:

Exporters raided in bomb detector fraud inquiry

Police have raided three companies suspected of selling ineffective bomb detectors to overseas markets, in a case that raises questions of whether Britain has done all it can to curb the much-criticised trade.

City of London police said yesterday that they had raided five properties and planned to interview a number of individuals as part of an expanding investigation into the sale of the hand-held devices, which critics say have endangered lives in Iraq and elsewhere.

The police action was launched after Britain introduced a ban in January on the export of the devices, but applied it only to Iraq and Afghanistan because it said it lacked the power to extend it to countries in which UK and allied forces were not engaged.

The police said they executed five search warrants at premises in Kent, Devon and Nottingham linked to the companies Grosvenor Scientific, Scandec Inc and Global Technical, seizing a large amount of cash and several hundred explosive detection devices and their component parts – Source: Financial Times

Now, Global Technical I had heard of – in fact I wrote about their GT200 back in April. It’s great to see the police taking action, finally. Still, while we’re aware of the actions of ATSC (whose CEO Jim McCormick is still on police bail after his arrest earlier this year over the same charges these new companies now face), and both Scantec and Global Technical are well documented too, Grosvenor Scientific appear to be somewhat off the radar – with very little information to be found on them. Even the internet, so often a fountain of knowledge, has only the following to offer (courtesy of friend-of-the-MSS Gittins):

Name & Registered Office:
EX11 1QT
Company No. 07144016

MSS Board member Pete was also able to ascertain that the company incorporated on 2nd February 2010 – very recently, then. Which does make me wonder – what we have here is a company selling devices that are as ineffectual as the ADE651, which was set up after the ADE651 was exposed as being useless and banned from sale to Iraq and Afghanistan. Is it plausible that Grosvenor Scientific, set up the month after the ADE651 was exposed and banned, is actually selling the same devices under a different name and company, in order to circumvent the ban? I’d say it was more than plausible, and we’ll know more as further details come in.

If you have any details on Grosvenor Scientific (especially if you live in the Devon area near to the offices in The Old Milking Parlour, Cadhay), please get in touch – the more we can discover about these seeming peddlers of dangerous dowsing rods, the more we can help clamp down on their sale.

Police appealed for anyone with information about the devices’ manufacture, sale or distribution to call 020 7601 6969 or e-mail

For more information on these woo bomb detectors, check out Professor Bruce Hood’s blog.

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  1. #1 by Jon d on June 10, 2010 - 04:24

    When it’s a nations government buying I’d say it’s down to the buyer to check the stuff works rather than the government of the country exporting it.
    It’s not like little old ladies being sold overpriced tarmac or desperate cancer patients being targeted by quacks.
    I reckon the officials of the buying government must be in on it and getting a serious kickback from the vendor.

  2. #2 by Michael on June 13, 2010 - 21:07

    Jon d. Dead right! I have already asserted this especially when you hear the Iraqi general saying that no-one knows more about bombs than he does and he was the one responsible for purchasing thousands of these bits of crap. He must have pocketed a couple of million for himself from the seller.

  3. #3 by Techowiz on July 12, 2012 - 20:45

    Great news Jim mcCormick was yesterday charged with 6 counts of fraud. He appeared before London city magistrates court today and was refused bail. Also Gary Bolton with his GT200 scam was arrested and charged. Regards

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