Five-hour operation by emergency services after device found on beach in Amble

Bomb disposal teams were called into action after a possible ordnance was discovered on a beach in the Amble area.

Sunday, 20th March 2022, 9:28 am
Updated Monday, 21st March 2022, 10:58 am

In a statement on Facebook, Amble Coastguards confirmed that the Amble Coastguard Rescue Team was called on Saturday, March 19 following reports of an object on the beach.

Northumbria Police and Howick Coastguard Rescue Team also attended the scene to ensure public safety and erect a cordon while work was carried out by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit.

Sharing details of Saturday’s incident, the statement from Amble Coastguards said: “Once quickly on scene, Amble CRT deployed a search team who located the item.

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"Details were passed to our operations centre and a cordon was put in place to protect the public.

“Photographs were taken and sent to Humber Coastguard for them to send to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) for their expert opinion on the device.

“EOD, once they had received the images, made the decision to send a disposal team from Catterick to inspect the device and ensure it was safe.”

The incident lasted for five hours, the Coastguard continued, with 11 Coastguard Rescue Officers working at the scene alongside colleagues from the police force.

Amble Coastguard Rescue Team attended the incident on Saturday, March 19. Picture: Amble Coastguards.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson commented: “At around 10.45am on Saturday police were contacted by the coastguard, who reported a suspected unexploded ordnance device had been found on the beach.

"Officers and a team of bomb disposal experts attended the scene and carried out an inspection of the item and it was confirmed to be a piece of metal and the scene was stood down."

The Amble team also urged the public to call 999 and request support from the Coastguard if there is an emergency at sea or on the coast.

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