A suspected World War Two ‘rocket head’ was found by workers in a field in Strete, South Devon. After Police were called, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was mobilised and they decided to move the item to the beach. The device was subsequently destroyed in a controlled explosion.
The beach and landfall area near Strete was extensively used for live military training in the build-up to D-Day. The area – known as Slapton Sands – was the location of ‘Exercise Tiger’, a major Allied rehearsal for the Normandy invasion. The exercise resulted in a number of friendly fire deaths, in addition to littering the area with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).