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Coastguard warns over south Devon beach bombs

BEACH goers are being warned to stay away from any unexploded bombs or shells that are being washed ashore on the South Hams coast.
Dartmouth Coastguards were alerted to 2ft-long ordnance that was discovered by a walker at Slapton on Monday – the second such find in the space of a couple of weeks.
A Royal Navy bomb disposal team cordoned off the area near the memorial car park and carried out a controlled explosion of the device.
Earlier this month, a man with metal detector discovered an unexploded bomb at Strete Gate Beach.
Dartmouth Coastguard station officer Andrew Pound said recent storms meant lots of objects from the Second World War were being washed up on the shoreline.
‘Anyone walking or on the beach who comes across any device should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and stay well clear until help arrives,’ he said.
Mr Pound said it had been an incredibly busy start to the year for his team, with 14 calls outs to date, compared to just six this time last year.
On Tuesday, morning coastguards were called to assist the ambulance service when a 47-year-old man collapsed while out walking near Little Dartmouth.
The man’s partner called the emergency services for help when he became unwell on the coastal path near Coombe Point around 10am.

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