Army called after metal-detector raises bomb fears on beach near Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 08:26 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 10 July 2017
The army's bomb disposal team was called out to a beach amid concerns an explosive lay buried beneath the sand.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Weston-super-Mare Coastguard were also dispatched to Sand Bay yesterday morning (Sunday) amid fears a bomb had been unearthed.
However, upon investigation it turned out to be a large metal plate.
A coastguard spokesman said: “The object had been found by someone who was metal detecting and came across a large metal object buried around 2ft under the sand.
“As he was concerned he re-buried it, and reported it to the police.
“An army bomb disposal unit was tasked to check out the object. After a lot of digging, the object turned out to be nothing more than a large metal plate.
“Because of the history of the MOD base near to Sand Bay and Middle Hope, we often get pieces of ordnance wash up on our coastline.
“If you do see something that you think maybe ordanance our advice is to not touch it, take photos if you can and report it to the coastguard by dialling 999.”