Essex

'About nine' WW2 bombs washed on to Westcliff beach

Royal Navy controlled explosion, Westcliff-on-Sea
Image caption The explosions took place half a mile (800m) away from Westcliff's seafront

"About nine" World War Two explosives have been washed up on a beach in Essex following recent storms, Thames Coastguard have said.

Experts from the Royal Navy carried out controlled explosions on the anti-aircraft shells at Westcliff-on-Sea at about 09:45 GMT.

They were called in by coastguards, after a man walking on the beach on Sunday morning spotted the explosives.

They were identified as anti-aircraft shells by the navy experts.

Thames Coastguard said the shells, which were corroded but still live, were found at low water at Ray Gut channel, about half a mile (800m) away from Westcliff seafront.

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