Guernsey Police destroy WWII mortar shell

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Guernsey Police carried out a controlled explosion of a World War II mortar at L'Ancresse Bay on Tuesday.

A member of the public found the mortar just under the surface of the sand while out walking their dog.

The police were alerted and four officers carried out a controlled explosion at about 1730 GMT.

The device turned out to be a 50mm (2in) German mortar shell fired during World War II.

Officers said it may have originally been fired from the nearby emplacement on Chouet headland, which had a belt-fed mortar launcher.

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