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Bomb disposal teams kept busy

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

  • Navy bomb disposal experts deal with an item found at Newlyn.

  • Bomb disposal deal with an item washed ashore at a Newlyn beach.

  • Peter Wallace's picture of the washed up item at Newlyn beach.

  • Peter Wallace's picture of the washed up item at Newlyn beach.

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BOMB disposal experts are being kept busy on the Cornish coastline as unexplained objects are exposed by storms.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "People are finding metal on the beaches and thinking the worst, but we wouldn't discourage people from reporting things they do find."

An 18-inch-long metal cylinder encased in another damaged cylinder was levered up from Tolcarne beach at Newlyn and disposed of by a bomb disposal team.

Peter Wallace, from Newlyn, who found it, said: "I didn't know what it was and first wondered if it was a fire extinguisher but I thought I'd better tell the police. A police officer came to look at it and the bomb disposal team came on Thursday."

On the same day, the team went to Praa Sands to deal with a 2ft-long corroded cylinder spotted at low tide among rocks at the Hendra end of the beach several days earlier.

The bomb disposal experts from Plymouth spent more than an hour at the beach before confirming that the item was not explosive.

Police are advising members of the public not to approach suspicious-looking objects.

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