UPDATE: Northumberland golf course open again after bomb scare

Members of Howick Coastguard, Northumbria Police and the Army explosives experts from Catterick on Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course. Picture by Steve Miller
Members of Howick Coastguard, Northumbria Police and the Army explosives experts from Catterick on Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course. Picture by Steve Miller

A north Northumberland golf course is open again after a bomb scare closed two of its holes.

Bomb disposal experts were called to Dunstaburgh Castle Golf Course this afternoon after a golfer discovered what was feared to be an unexploded Second World War shell in one of the bunkers.

The smoke bomb which was found on Dunstanburgh CastleGolf Course. Picture by Howick Coastguard

The smoke bomb which was found on Dunstanburgh CastleGolf Course. Picture by Howick Coastguard

But the Army explosives experts from Catterick discovered it was a smoke bomb and not dangerous. The ordnance was taken away for disposal.

Head greenkeeper Stuart Imeson said: “The bomb disposal people took it away. They weren’t concerned about it but you can’t be too careful.”

A golfer raking a bunker on the seventh hole uncovered the item this morning.

Police were called and alerted the bomb squad at Catterick. Howick Coastguard team was also called to help police.

Members of Howick Coastguard, Northumbria Police and the Army explosives experts from Catterick on Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course. Picture by Steve Miller

Members of Howick Coastguard, Northumbria Police and the Army explosives experts from Catterick on Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course. Picture by Steve Miller

Mr Imeson said earlier: “One of the golfers left quite a large footprint in the bunker, started raking and ended up with a big hole and spotted the shell.

“It’s not something you would usually find in a bunker on the golf course.”

The course was closed this morning and later reopened, although the seventh and 18th holes remained closed and an area 150 metres either side of the bunker was cordoned off.

The course is now fully open again.