Police swarm beach as member of public spots 'explosive device'

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Officers are working to arrange safe disposal of the item, spotted on the sand on the beach in Marske-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire. Visitors are being diverted away from some parts of the beach, but the seafront isn’t closed completely.

At least two officers have been seen on the beach by a Teesside Live reporter.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Police are dealing with a report of a suspected explosive device spotted by a member of the public on the beach at Marske.

“The item was described as visible in the sand on the area of the beach in front of where Hummershill Lane meets Church Howle Crescent.

“Officers are currently in the area and will be working with partners to arrange safe disposal of the item. Until that is completed they will be restricting access to the beach. This may be for some time today owing to the impact of tides.

“Police are advising people not to take the path down to the beach from next to St Germain’s churchyard or the clifftop path further along.

“They advise, as a precaution, that the public stay away from this area of the beach until further notice. This is a suspected historical device. Officers will be offering reassurance and advice to anyone they ask to not access the area.”

Marske-by-the-Sea is a small village just east of Middlesbrough and Redcar. 

Homes were evacuated on Tuesday when a suspicious item was found on Walcott Beach, north Norfolk.

A cordon was in place there after a bomb squad arrived on the scene.

A road was closed by Walcott Beach, a short distance from Cromer in rural East Anglia, while officers investigated the item.

The woman who claims to have found the suspicious item has posted on Cleveland Police’s Facebook page. She said: “I stayed with the police officer until more turned up and showed them where it was.”

Markse Sands is a predominantly sandy beach, with some shingle higher up the beach away from the shoreline, opposite the village of Marske-by-the-Sea.

Water sports such as surfing, boating, and windsurfing are all popular along this stretch of coastline, as is fishing, swimming and walking.

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