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 bomb disposal team was called to Sand Bay, near Weston-super-Mare. Picture: Weston Coastguard

The army bomb disposal team was called to Sand Bay, near Weston-super-Mare. Picture: Weston Coastguard

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The army’s bomb disposal team was called out to a beach amid concerns an explosive lay buried beneath the sand.

The metal plate after being dug up. Picture: Weston Coastguard.The metal plate after being dug up. Picture: Weston Coastguard.

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.

The 'bomb' turned out to be a metal plate, but the coastguard said the metal-detector did the right thing by dialling 999. Picture: Weston CoastguardThe 'bomb' turned out to be a metal plate, but the coastguard said the metal-detector did the right thing by dialling 999. Picture: Weston Coastguard

“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.”

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