HM Coastguard cordons off part of Essex beach after ‘suspicious item’ found

An Essex boom near a Ministry of Defence site was cordoned off over the weekend after a suspicious item was found by a passerby.

HM Coastguard Southend closed off Shoebury Boom, Southend, on Sunday (February 27) where the suspected ordnance was found the day before.

Various shapes of rusty old metals had fallen to the ground because of the location being on the boundary of the Ministry of Defence Shoeburyness, an environmental test centre for ordnance, munitions and explosives (OME).

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Coastguard officers were called to investigate the scene, in which photos, measurements and the exact locations were sent to Dover Coastguard Ops Centre for discussion with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams.

An Army EOD team from Colchester barracks agreed to meet up with the team Sunday morning (February 27). The team inspected and X-rayed the item and quickly confirmed it was a harmless metal piece.

HM Coastguard Southend On Sea published an official statement on Facebook this morning (February 28).

The post said: “HM Coastguard Southend were tasked over the past 2 days to suspected ordnance in the location of Shoebury Boom, on the boundary of MOD Shoeburyness.

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“It is this time of year, due to weather stirring up the seabed / mudflats, where Southend Coastguard are called to deal with suspect items that have been found by walkers, bait diggers etc on the mudflats at low tide. In this case a suspect item was called in by a local walker.

“Coastguard Officers arrived on scene to investigate and took photos, measurements and exact locations and sent them over to Dover Coastguard Ops Centre for discussion with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams.

“Whilst the item was located underneath the boom where old rusty metal of various shapes has fallen to the ground, due to its location on boundary of the MOD test establishment, an Army EOD team from Colchester barracks agreed to meet up with the team Sunday morning, once the overnight tides had uncovered the item again.

“A secure cordon was put in place whilst the Army EOD team inspected and x-rayed the item which quickly confirmed it was a harmless piece of metal.

“We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation, it is very much appreciated by HM Coastguard and Army EOD.”

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