PHOTOS: Unexploded bomb discovered at Crow Point

10:38 17 February 2014

The unexploded mortar at Crow Point.

The unexploded mortar at Crow Point.

Archant

Bomb disposal team due to return to the scene this morning (Mon) after walker dsicovered mortar yesterday.

The bomb disposal team at Crow Point this morning (Mon).The bomb disposal team at Crow Point this morning (Mon).

POLICE are warning beach goers to be aware of unexploded mortars unearthed by the stormy weather after one was discovered at Crow Point yesterday (Sun).

A walker called 999 after finding the ammunition in the sand and police cordoned off the area at around 2.30pm.

Coastguard and a bomb disposal squad were at the scene until around 7.30pm but are due to return again this morning (Mon) as the area was cut off by the tide.

PCSO Hannah Denton said the bottle-shaped item was an illumination mortar and contained dangerous, unstable phosphorus.

She said: “It’s not just the fact it’s unexploded – these can contain dangerous chemicals too.”

Sgt Lee Henderson added: “The ferocious seas and weather are thought to be responsible for uncovering or washing up these shells and there is clearly the potential for further bad weather to unearth more.

“We are asking members of the public when out walking to be mindful that these devices are potentially still very dangerous and not to approach or touch them but to call police immediately on 999.”

The device was removed the Royal Navy bomb disposal squad this morning.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:21
Police have cordoned off the area around Coopers Jewellery after an apparent robbery attempt.

Police warn members of the public to ‘remain viglant’ as they hunt suspect who was believed to be armed.

Read more
Eric and Joyce Salter with dogs Shanti, Melsa and Boots. Picture: Sarah Howells

In one of the ‘most difficult rescues’, North Devon’s RAF Chivenor Sea King crew saved a couple from peril when a coastal walked turned to disaster...

Read more

The A377 is currently blocked after a collision between a lorry and a car.

Read more
08:49
Fire engine

Braunton crew called out to deal with chimney fire yesterday (Thursday) evening.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:03
Training with the new £1m launcher for the Shannon class lifeboat in Ilfracombe harbour. Heading down the slipway.

Ilfracombe’s new £1million lifeboat launching carriage has made history by becoming the first ever to launch the new Shannon lifeboat in a UK harbour.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:02
Petroc University Centre

Find out more about studying for a degree at Petroc in Barnstaple with open event.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:59
Mark Berry in Putsborough. Picture from www.facebook.com/CALMSWCPchallenge

Mark Berry, 53, is on track to break the current world record for the 630-mile run today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:30
Kirsty Robb outside of Crumb Creations which opens this weekend. Picture: Sarah Howells

Kirsty Robb, 25, from Braunton is making her dream become a reality by opening new shop in Queen’s Walk this Friday.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:29
The emperor moth. Picture: Patrick Clement/Butterfly Conservation

Have you seen an emperor moth or green hairstreak butterfly lately...?

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Bideford Bike Show

This Saturday Bideford Bike Show hopes to see more than 1,500 lining up along the Quay to raise money for three local charities.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder