Whitepark Bay security alert

Police and Coastguard at the scene of a security alert at Whitepark Bay
Police and Coastguard at the scene of a security alert at Whitepark Bay

Army bomb disposal experts have been drafted in to make safe a World War Two explosive shell found on a popular north coast beach.

A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed army ammunition technical officers were called out to Whitepark Bay near Ballintoy in north Antrim after an off-duty coastguard spotted a suspicious object washed up on the beach at 9pm on Wednesday.

The spokeswoman said the shell was badly corroded and it was dealt with and taken away by the army experts at 9am on Thursday.

PSNI Inspector John Allen added: “There are no issues for anyone wanting to visit the beach today.”

World War Two munitions sometimes wash up on beaches in County Antrim and in Scotland.

It is believed they come from Beaufort’s Dyke in the North Channel where hundreds of thousands of tonnes of munitions were dumped at the end of World War Two.