Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Woolacombe Esplanade cordoned off after builders find possible unexploded bomb

PUBLISHED: 12:14 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 07 April 2017

The suspected land mine was found on Woolacombe Esplanade on Friday morning. Picture: Matt Streuli/Devon & Cornwall Police

The suspected land mine was found on Woolacombe Esplanade on Friday morning. Picture: Matt Streuli/Devon & Cornwall Police

Archant

Bomb disposal re enroute as police advise public are asked to avoid the Woolacombe Esplanade area following discovery of possible unexploded bomb

The Esplanade at Woolacombe has been cordoned off after a potential land mine was discovered this morning (Friday).

Traffic reports say the Esplanade is closed ‘due to a police incident’ around Rockfield Road.

Woolacombe Tourist Information centre tweeted: ‘Breaking news... an unexploded bomb has been uncovered on the Parade House site on The Esplanade’.

A police statement said: “Police alerted at 10am to the discovery by contractors of what is thought to be unexploded ordnance at Parade House, Woolacombe.

“The device is rusty. The contractors were advised to leave the area and have done so. Police have established a 100 metre cordon around the area.

“As there is likely to be some disruption the public are advised to avoid the area for the time being. The Ministry of Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team are en route to examine the item.”

Update 12.27pm: Woolacombe TIC reports the police tape has been taken down and the road is now open again.

Update 12.55pm: North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett confirmed the device was thought to be a land mine and a cordon remained around the site, though the road had been reopened. The suspect object is around nine inches in diameter, he said. The ETA for bomb disposal is thought to be around 2.20pm this afternoon.

Update 1.40pm: A Gazette reader told us that speaking to a previous owner he discovered an incendiary device had previously been found in the garage area of the site. It is thought this area was used as a gun emplacement during the Second World War to cover the beaches against enemy landings. The rivets where the gun was placed were still visible in recent times.

The suspected land mine in situ. Picture: Devon & Cornwall Police The suspected land mine in situ. Picture: Devon & Cornwall Police

Update 3.20pm: The Ministry of Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has attended the scene and announced that the item will be removed for safe disposal.

Check back for more information as we have it.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

10:10

The bid for funding for a £250million package of improvements to the North Devon Link Road will be handed in to Department for Transport on Monday

Read more
07:24

Firefighters free a woman who was ‘medically trapped’ in one of the cars

Read more
11:15

The Lundy Company has been fined £30,000 for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when falling through a roof.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:27

Will festive video go viral? St Michael’s Nursery in Barnstaple is racking up the social media views for its Christmas video debut

Read more
Yesterday, 13:30

There are proposals for a cycle bridge across the North Devon Link Road from Seven Brethren in Barnstaple

Read more
Yesterday, 12:04

New leisure centre at Seven Brethren approved by council planning committee this morning (Wednesday)

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27

A teaching assistant is fundraising to bring her husband’s family to Devon for Christmas after their home was ravaged by a tropical hurricane. Can you help?

Read more
Tue, 19:06

The Gazette has been along to review Beauty and the Beats at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple – have you got your tickets yet?

Read more
Tue, 17:30

The Appledore RNLI lifeboat was requested to transport a woman who needed hospital treatment after being injured on Lundy

Read more
Tue, 12:00

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe has revealed the bizarre excuses why people gave up their dog last Christmas, including ‘he was a secret Santa’ and ‘he pants too much’.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

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
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications