Blast from the past as military shell is found by fisherman

The military shell that was uncovered on the beach at Bolton-le-Sands.
The military shell that was uncovered on the beach at Bolton-le-Sands.
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A military shell was uncovered on the beach at Bolton-le-Sands.

Police and the bomb disposal squad were called out after local fisherman Stephen Clarke spotted the shell whilst walking on the beach near Red Bank Farm on one of his usual fishingtrips.

Stephen said: “ It was about 2pm on Saturday and I was doing my fishing as usual when I saw the shell on the banking.

“It had possibly been buried since World War Two and was quite hefty, possibly tungsten steel and looked like it had been fired or used for targeting practice in the bay.

“Three policemen arrived and the beach was cordoned off. They took pictures and dentified it with the bomb squad, that it was a fired military shell and wasn’t explosive.

“One of the policemen picked it up and put it in his car boot.”

Police said they were called out at 1.50pm on Saturday, December 20, to reports of a military shell on the beach which had been washed up which was nine inches long and four inches wide.

Officers attended and the bomb disposal unit were contacted.

A cordon was put in place to keep people away from the shell.

The bomb disposal unit, after receiving pictures of the shell, said it was in no way dangerous and it was removed from the beach and taken to Lancaster police station.

The cordon was removed just after 5pm when the shell was taken away.

The incident was over by 5.30pm, said fisherman Stephen Clarke.