Highlands & Islands

War-time explosives at Nairn's East Beach made safe

Explosives found at Nairn's East Beach. Pic: Northern Constabulary
Image caption The two devices were found in the sand at Nairn's East Beach

Two mortar bombs found on a Highland beach used to train troops for the D-Day landings in World War II have been safely disposed of.

The devices found by a member of the public at about 09:45 were thought to have been exposed by shifting sand at Nairn's East Beach.

Edinburgh-based bomb disposal experts made the weapons safe, police said.

Nairn's beaches were used to prepare soldiers and sailors for the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944.

Military personnel were based at nearby Fort George at the time.

The remains of tanks used in the rehearsals have previously been found further east along the coast from Nairn.

A Valentine tank was lost by the Royal Hussars at Culbin Forest and two others in Burghead Bay.

Northern Constabulary had put in place a 100m (328ft) cordon at East Beach.

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