Exmouth beach cleared after bomb scare

PUBLISHED: 11:35 29 July 2016

Gary Holcombe took this shots of Exmouth beach last night which was cordoned off while officials checked out reports of an exploding bomb. Credit: Gary Holcombe

Gary Holcombe took this shots of Exmouth beach last night which was cordoned off while officials checked out reports of an exploding bomb. Credit: Gary Holcombe

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The bomb squad was called to Exmouth after reports of an unexploded device on the beach.

Gary Holcombe took this shots of Exmouth beach last night which was cordoned off while officials checked out reports of an exploding bomb. Credit: Gary HolcombeGary Holcombe took this shots of Exmouth beach last night which was cordoned off while officials checked out reports of an exploding bomb. Credit: Gary Holcombe

A police cordon was put in place near the lifeguard hut yesterday afternoon, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) carried out checks.

A police spokesman said the team confirmed the item was not an explosive device and removed it from the beach.

Eye witness Gary Holcombe, from Feniton, was cycling through the town when he came across the cordon.

He said: “I was cycling just along the seafront and noticed there was a police car and there was police do not cross tape.

“The HM Coastguards were there in their blue jumpsuits and they were stopping people from going on the beach.

“On the beach, they had a yellow windbreaker. My first thought is that someone had had an accident on the beach.”

A police spokesman said: “Police were made aware by the coastguard at 3.30pm on Thursday, July 28, of reports of an unknown object on Exmouth beach alongside The Esplanade near the lifeguard hut. Police attended to set up a cordon.

“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD team) also attended and confirmed that the item was not an explosive device, and removed it from the beach. It is not believed to be dangerous.”


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