HM Coastguard and the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team are in attendance at a section of beach in Bembridge following the discovery of an unexploded bomb this afternoon (Sunday).
A 200m cordon has been put in place by members of Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team in preparation for a controlled explosion to be carried out by the specialist Royal Navy team from Portsmouth.
The ordnance is said to be of a considerable size and thought to be a remnant of the Second World War.
Members of the public who have gathered to watch the incident have been asked to relocate to a safe distance.
UPDATE @ 17:44 – The Bomb Disposal team have now carried out a controlled explosion of the ordnance, which has been confirmed to be a 3-inch mortar.
The beach has now re-opened.