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Experts called out to suspected landmine

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A Coastguard Rescue Team and bomb disposal experts were called out to a suspected landmine washed up on a beach close to Grange Chine on Saturday (November 7). A member of the public alerted the emergency services just after 5pm.

The object was located and, following confirmation from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the object was deemed as not ordnance. It is believed to have been a wall brace bracket and the incident was closed at 7pm.

A Maritime Coastguard Agency spokesman said: “The person who called to make us aware of the object did exactly the right thing. Ordnance comes in many different shapes and sizes. If you see something suspicious, don’t touch it, pick it up or take it home.

Leave it where it is, take photos or make a quick note about its size, what it looks like and where it is so the experts can decide if it is safe or not. Then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”