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Walker picks up Sheppey beach bomb

Bomb found at Leysdown
Bomb found at Leysdown

A World War II bomb has been blown up today after it was found off the Isle of Sheppey.

The explosive was uncovered after bomb disposal experts were brought in to deal with another device yesterday.

A World War I mine had been found by a walker at low tide at around midday near the hamlet of Shellness by Leysdown.

It was brought back to the beach before another member of the public who warned it could be dangerous.

The coastguard was then alerted who then notified bomb experts from the Royal Navy's EOD team.

The Portsmouth-based unit assessed the risk and decided the device was dangerous.

Sand banks were then built around it and a cordon placed around it before the mine was exploded.

While this was going on the second device - a WW2 fragmentation bomb - was found by a member of the public near Leysdown.

But as the tide was on its way back in the team didn't have time yesterday evening to make it safe.

HM Coastguard marked where it was and the EOD stayed overnight at a hotel before exploding it at around 5am this morning.

Neville Crane, the station officer at HM Coastguard Sheppey, said: "The coast bed is littered with all sorts of devices that don't necessarily look like a bomb or mine.

"Please if you see a suspected device mark where it is, leave it and notify authorities.

"Please be vigilant - there are devices out there."

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