Four World War II mortars have been discovered at Hordle Cliff beach at Milford on Sea.
The shells, believed to be spigot mortars, were discovered in the course of work by New Forest District Council to remove WWII anti-tank defences known as ‘Admiralty scaffolding’ buried in the sand just below the waterline since the end of the war.
The coastguard cordoned off the ordnance and surrounding area of the beach. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Portsmouth attended the site at 06.30 this morning.
One mortar was detonated safely on the beach and the devices recovered were removed from site to be disposed of.