South East Wales

Artillery shell blown up at Beachley Point near Chepstow

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A controlled explosion of a live artillery shell has taken place near the River Severn in Monmouthshire.

An area of the shore at Beachley Point near Chepstow was cordoned off after the mortar shell was discovered by a coastguard team on Sunday.

The explosive device was made safe overnight and exploded by expert bomb disposal teams on Monday.

Coastguards from Swansea, Penarth, Barry and Chepstow all helped in making the explosion safe.

Bernie Kemble, deputy watch manager at Swansea Coastguard, said the 12-inch shell was discovered by Chepstow coastguard team who were on exercise in the area on Sunday afternoon.

They called in the Royal Navy bomb disposal team from Plymouth and decided to move the shell from its "dangerous position" near buildings before the explosion was carried out, he said.

A mud rescue team was also on standby while the explosion was carried out.

Mr Kemble said the shell was now in pieces so they did not know how dangerous it actually was.

But he added: "It can be very dangerous and we ask all members of the public if they see anything on the beach that is suspicious not to touch it but to ring 999."

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