Bomb Disposal Called out for UXO Find on Southend Beach

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to Southend after the discovery of suspected Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) on the beach.

Police and the Coastguard put in place a 100m security cordon around the device after it was discovered by a member of the public. The tide was allowed to cover the item before the EOD team were able to attend at low tide the following day. It was declared safe to move and was taken away for disposal.

UXO encounters on Southend beach are common. The surrounding coastline was historically used for military firing practice, notably the Shoeburyness Ranges, as well as being the location of coastal gun batteries. Aircraft crashes and wartime bombing also contributed UXO to the marine environment. Items are periodically washed up or exposed, particularly during storms.