East Yorkshire coastal landslip reveals 'WWII munitions'

Mappleton beach Humber Coastguard is urging people to stay away from Mappleton beach until the area is safe

Hundreds of explosives, some believed to date back to World War II (WWII), have been exposed after a landslip at an East Yorkshire beach.

Humberside Police said the incident at Mappleton beach, near Hornsea, happened on Saturday.

A bomb disposal team is at the scene and a cordon has been put in place around the area.

The explosives include rockets, mortars, and 25lb (11kg) shells, the coastguard said.

The coastline was used as a practice bombing range during WWII and the 1970s.

The Army is assessing how many of the explosives are live. A controlled explosion is expected to be carried out within the next two days.

The beach will be guarded 24 hours a day by Humberside Police until the area becomes safe, the coastguard said.

Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: "There's a massive amount of explosives that's fallen on to the beach and some are still stuck in the cliff side.

"It's very dangerous so we're urging people to keep away from the area until it becomes safe."

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