Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Missing Milford-on-Sea explosive shells 'thrown in water'

Missing shells Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Officers who checked on the explosives on Friday morning found the shells had gone but the police tape and the towel they had been put on were still there

Two unexploded shells which were awaiting disposal by bomb experts were thrown in the sea by a member of the public.

The explosives were initially found at Hurst Spit near Milford-on-Sea on Thursday night by a passerby.

The shells, which had been placed within a police cordon, then vanished overnight before disposal teams arrived.

Police said the person who had removed the shells had since come forward.

The shells were thrown in an area of the sea not regularly used by bathers.

The Hampshire force said: "We have carried out an assessment of this location and any risk posed by these objects to the public is low."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites