An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was rushed to Skirlington Beach near Bridlington in Yorkshire after a boy discovered and pocketed several rounds of historic ammunition.
The rounds are believed to have originated from the former RAF Cowden bombing range near Mappleton and been washed up by the tide. Such finds are common, occurring almost on a weekly basis. This is unsurprising given the extensive use of this section of coastline for practice firing from prior to WWII.
Fortunately in this case the boy came to no harm, although it is a timely reminder that anyone finding suspect items on Britain’s beaches should exercise caution and, in the first instance, leave them well alone and call the Coastguard.