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BEACH PARTIALLY CORDONED OFF AFTER GRENADE FOUND AT YAVERLAND

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: The grenade in situ at Yaverland

A beach in Sandown has been partially cordoned off by HM Coastguard this morning (Sunday) following the discovery of an unexploded grenade.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are currently at Yaverland Car Park, where officers are preventing members of the public from accessing a section of beach towards Culver Cliff.

Police were first alerted to the potentially explosive situation by a fossil finder yesterday (Saturday) but the Coastguard were only told about the discovery at around 07:20 this morning.

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Royal Navy Bomb Disposal experts from the mainland have been alerted to the find and are expected to arrive at the scene later this morning.

UPDATE @ 13:45 – An exclusion zone remains in place around the unexploded device.

Bomb disposal officers are now expected on the Island late this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 16:50 – Royal Navy EOD have successfully carried out a controlled explosion on the grenade, creating a big bang in The Bay.

Both the bomb disposal team and HM Coastguard are now standing down from the incident.

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Terence Moore
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Terence Moore

Why the delay with the Police not infoming the Coastguard until this morning regarding an explosive device ?

James Winkles
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James Winkles

They were too busy dealing with kids minding their own business and smoking pot to handle this.

Philipp
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Philipp

Well we found the grenade on Saturday at 1 , and called the police but we had no contact with them till around 3, we had to wait near it which became difficult due to the tide and were told to abandon it shortly after they arrived by the car park.

Terence Moore
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Terence Moore

So it took almost 23 hours before an exclusion zone was placed around the device .lucky no one else saw it and picked it up .

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