World War Two mortar shell destroyed on beach

A World War Two mortar shell discovered on a beach in Cornwall has been destroyed.

A Plymouth-based Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called to Tregantle Beach in Whistand Bay on Wednesday night.

Two objects were found, one of which was identified as a British piece of ordnance.

The area was cordoned off to the public and the object blown up on site, a Navy spokesman said.

Lt Peter Davis, of the bomb disposal team, said: "A key lesson is that the degradation of these items makes them inherently more unstable, not safer as some members of the public have felt this week to their hazard.

"If items are uncovered and people believe them to be explosive ordnance, then it is essential that they are reported to the police or coastguard so that disposal can be carried out by authorised personnel."

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