Malfunctioning steel detector sparks mass evacuation of a seashore after alarm was raised over ‘wartime ordnance’
- The steel detectorist raised the alarm at Ainsdale Seashore, Southport, on Sunday
- However the false alert was right down to a dodgy steel detector, Merseyside Police stated
A malfunctioning steel detector led to the mass evacuation of a Merseyside seashore after it raised fears a bomb had been discovered.
The steel detectorist thought that they had discovered the ‘unexploded wartime ordnance’ at Ainsdale Seashore, Southport, on Saturday.
Beachgoers have been rapidly evacuated from a part of the seashore – roughly the dimensions of a soccer pitch – because it was inspected by police.
However nothing was discovered and the false alarm was right down to the dodgy steel detector, police stated.
Full public entry to the seashore has now been restored, in accordance with Merseyside Police.
The steel detectorist thought that they had discovered the ‘unexpolded wartime ordnance’ at Ainsdale Seashore, Southport, on Sunday
However nothing was discovered and the false alarm was right down to the dodgy steel detector, police stated
Households have been in a position to stay on the seashore past the cordon whereas the checks have been in place, with eyewitnesses describing the scene as calm with individuals having fun with the sunshine.
Photos confirmed various police autos on the scene together with quad bikes and a 4×4.
A Sefton Council spokesman stated yesterday the motion taken was a ‘joint determination to evacuate the seashore because of the discovery of potential unexploded wartime ordinance.’
They added that this was a ‘wholly precautionary measure whereas emergency companies proceed to cope with the incident.’