Sixteen Items of UXO Found on Southend Beach

Sixteen items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) has been disposed of after being found along the coastline at Westcliff near Southend. A Coastguard team spent three days negotiating tides and the stormy conditions to photograph all of the items, with images forwarded on to the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.

The EOD team subsequently mobilised to site and put in place a 500m cordon along the beach. The items were then destroyed in controlled explosions when accessible at low tide.

UXO is fairly frequently washed up near Southend, which is located in the vicinity of the former military ranges at Shoeburyness, in addition to being an area that was subjected bombing, aircraft crashes and Anti-Aircraft (AA) firing during World War Two.