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Council cleaner finds World War Two grenade

A man has told how he kicked a live Second World War hand grenade he found on a beach in Hartlepool, before picking it up and putting it in his loader.

It was only after he had another look at it that John O'Neill realised the object was a grenade that had been buried in the sand at Seaton Carew.

He believed the pin was still inside, but because it was so rusty, it was hard to tell.

Mr O'Neill, who works for Hartlepool Borough Council, told the Hartlepool Mail:

He contacted his bosses who called in bomb disposal experts and after the beach was cordoned off, they carried out a controlled explosion.

"I was doing a general litter pick and I came across what I thought was a piece of metal and I gave it a kick. I turned it over and it looked interesting."

– John O'Neill

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Firefighters tackling blaze at Seaton Carew

Firefighters are dealing with a blaze in Seaton Carew after a large coal heap went up in flames.

Three fire engines from Stranton Station rushed to Seaton after receiving several calls reporting the blaze, near to the Mayfair Centre.

The fire started around eleven o'clock this morning and fire officers were still on site damping down flames just before one o'clock.

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Second phase of defence work to begin

Hartlepool Council have already invested £1.5m to protect Seaton Carew seafront. Credit: ITV News

Work will begin on the second phase of a multi-million pound coastal defence project in Hartlepool.

More than £1.5m has already been spent strengthening defences at Seaton Carew seafront. Now Hartlepool council has secured £3.5m for work on an additional 700m stretch of coastline. It will help to protect 400 seaside homes.

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