More possible unexploded bombs found on South Hams beach days after anti-tank mine detonated

By Ginny Ware   |   Totnes Reporter   |
Wednesday 3rd February 2021 9:32 am
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One of the possible ordnance found on the beach at Slapton Sands (Image: Dartmouth Coastguard/Facebook)

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Two possible WW2 ordnances have been discovered on Slapton Sands days after an anti-tank mine was detonated on the same beach.

A suspicious object was found on the shore at around 5pm yesterday (February 2) and reported to the coastguard, who confirmed it was just a benign metal ring.

But a quick search of the area led the coastguard team to discover two further possible unexploded ordnance’s, believed to have been washed up in high spring tides combined with strong easterly storms.

Four live and dangerous wartime anti-tank mines have already been found and safely detonated at Slapton in the past two weeks including one a couple of days ago found by two children.

On their Facebook post, the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team wrote: “We were tasked to possible ordnance at Slapton Sands (yes, again!)

“Once on scene we met with the first informants and located the object.

“The officer in charge and two other coastguards agreed that this wasn’t anything suspicious, just a large metal hollow ring, and informed the operations room in Falmouth.

“Whilst conducting a quick further search around the area, we located two more possible unexploded ordnance.

“We have sent images to the Royal Navy EOD team and await further confirmation.”

Seventy-six years ago, Slapton was used for D-Day rehearsal exercises.

In 1943 and 1944 the sloping shingle beach was used by troops training for the Normandy landings in Operation Tiger.

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