Unexploded ordnance missing from Milford-on-Sea

The missing ordnance Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police are warning that two unexploded shells, missing from the beach, are unstable and potentially dangerous.

They say they were contacted by the coastguard shortly before 9.30pm last night. The coastguard said that a member of the public had called to say he’d found two unexploded shells at Hurst Spit.

Police then told the member of the public to leave them in situ. However, by the time officers arrived at the scene, the man had returned the shells to the top of the spit at Milford-on-Sea.

Photographs were then taken of the items and police consulted the Explosive Ordnance Disposal who said they would attend at first light.

When officers attended the scene again shortly before 7.30am, the shells had gone but the police tape and the towel they had been placed on were still there.

Police have confirmed that at least one of the shells has been assessed as unstable and potentially dangerous, and they want to find them as soon as possible.

“A decision was made to set up a cordon around the shells and officers returned to the scene in the early hours of the morning to find the shells still in situ."

– Chief Inspector Rob Mitchell, district commander for the New Forest

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