A World War two sea mine, discovered below the high water at a beach in Sussex has been blown up by a military explosives team.

The German ordnance was found at Elmer beach near Bognor Regis on Saturday morning. The emergency services were called after it was spotted.

HM Coastguard, Sussex Police and a military explosives and ordnance team worked together to dispose of the device which is estimated to have weighed about 1,000 kilograms.

Coastguard rescue teams from Littlehampton and Selsey co-ordinated with Sussex Police to operate a cordon around the area overnight. The exclusion zone continued until the device could be towed out to sea on Sunday afternoon.

Residents in neighbouring houses along the seafront were advised to leave their windows open, and only to use the back of their homes while the device was being dealt with.

The mine was detonated safely at about 5pm.

Emergency crews at the scene

"This was a carefully planned operation with police, other emergency services and partners, including the Coastguard, working closely together to provide an effective multi-agency approach to ensure the device was dealt with safely. Following advice from military ordnance experts, a number of cordons were put in place to provide a safe distance for members of the public.

Detective Superintendent Jason Taylor, Sussex Police