UPDATED: Coastguard rescue teams were called this morning (Friday) to reports that a piece of ordnance, believed to be a hand grenade, had washed up on a beach on the South Coast of the Island.

Island Echo received reports at  11:57 of the Coastguard Rescue 4×4 heading towards the Freshwater Bay area on a blue light run.

A stretch of Compton Bay beach was cordoned off after a walker found an object that appeared to be a hand grenade shortly after 11:30. Coastguard Rescue teams made the scene safe before calling in the specialist assistance of the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal squad.

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The navy experts from Portsmouth attended the scene, however, it was discovered that the item was a plastic imitation and did not require a controlled explosion.

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