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Bomb disposal team in Minnis Bay, Birchington after mortar found on Thanet beach

By Matt Leclere

Bomb disposal teams have been called to a beach after a wartime mortar bomb was discovered.

The device was found at Grenham Bay in Birchington earlier this afternoon.

It is the second time munitions have been found on the same stretch of beach in a week.

The tail fin of the mortar bomb found at Grenham Bay, Birchington this afternoon. Picture: HM Coastguard Margate (466167)
The tail fin of the mortar bomb found at Grenham Bay, Birchington this afternoon. Picture: HM Coastguard Margate (466167)

An investigation confirmed the device was a tail fin of a mortar bomb and according to the coastguard was "classified as inert".

Police said the "wartime munition" was found at 12.30pm and officers set up a cordon.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Margate told KentOnline: "Margate Coastguard did respond this morning to reports of ordnance found at Grenham Bay.

"On arrival something suspect was found and bomb disposal were tasked.

"It did turn out to be a tail fin from a mortar and classified as inert. All units were then stood down."

Coastguard, police and bomb disposal were sent to the scene but the device was ruled as "inert". Picture: HM Coastguard Margate (6466169)
Coastguard, police and bomb disposal were sent to the scene but the device was ruled as "inert". Picture: HM Coastguard Margate (6466169)

Witnesses in Wingham, near Canterbury, earlier reported seeing a bomb disposal vehicle racing through the village with blue lights.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was made aware of the discovery of a suspected wartime munition on Friday 11 January 2019 at around 12.30pm in Birchington.

"There is currently a cordon in place on the beach near to The Parade and the Ministry of Defence has been contacted so that an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team can inspect the scene."

Did you see the incident? Email your pictures to thanetextra@thekmgroup.co.uk

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