Southend Pier will be closed all day after the discovery of an unexploded bomb.

The device was found far from the shore, but is only around 30 metres from the pier.

The Marine Bomb Disposal Unit has been called and should arrive later this afternoon. Safety cordons have been put in place. The council says it's hoped the pier will reopen tomorrow.

The pier is closed while a suspected bomb is being defused Credit: ITV Anglia