Southend beach closed as possible explosive found

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Possible explosive device found on a beach in Southend.Image source, HM Coastguard Southend-on-Sea
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HM Coastguard said the device "presented a danger" close to where swimmers and families gather

Part of a beach was closed and the Army called when a possible explosive device was found by a metal detectorist.

Emergency services were called to Shoebury Common Beach in Southend just after 11:00 BST on Thursday.

HM Coastguard said the device "presented a danger to the public where swimmers and families congregate," and a 50m (164ft) cordon was set up.

It had no fuse but was taken to Colchester barracks for disposal in case it contained explosives.

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