UPDATED: East Beach reopened after bomb scare

Echo: East Beach closed AGAIN after more ordnance found East Beach closed AGAIN after more ordnance found

EAST Beach has been reopened again after an unexploded bomb was detonated.

Workmen were reopening the Shoebury beauty spot, which has been closed since live explosives were found at the end of April, when another item of unexploded ordnance was spotted earlier today.

Southend Council has hired private firm Bactec to conduct regular visual checks for unexploded shells to improve safety at the beach after 15 artillery and mortar shells and a dozen machines guns were found there in a fortnight.

Today was the first chance for the firm to check the beach and contractors spotted the device just as workmen were taking down fences.

The beach was immediately closed as the bomb squad disposed for the ordnance with a controlled explosion and the beach has just been reopened.

The Royal Navy Southern Diving Group spent two days scouring the beach to asses the risk earlier this month.

The new ordnance is believed to have washed up in the three weeks since the survey.

Speaking on Friday, deputy council leader Graham Longley said: “Following the meeting with the MoD on Tuesday, and in preparation for the re-opening of East Beach this weekend, a specialist company were employed to carry out a visual scan of the licensed area today.

“A visual scan is one of the mitigation measures being put in place as part of a new risk assessment framework agreed with the MoD.

“The scan carried out today has identified one item of unexploded ordnance within the licensed area. The ordnance is being dealt with this afternoon and as soon as this has been done, the fencing will be removed and the beach re-opened, with the new temporary signage in place.

“As part of the mitigation measures recommended by the MOD, and agreed by the council, visual scans will be carried out regularly. Should any future scans results in ordnance being found, then these will be dealt with as per our risk assessment framework and agreed procedures.”

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2:08pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

"After a thorough 2 day search the beach was cleared of all ordnance...hang on a mo it wasn't"
"After a thorough 2 day search the beach was cleared of all ordnance...hang on a mo it wasn't" sesibollox
  • Score: 18

2:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

You couldn't make it up, what a bunch of morons
You couldn't make it up, what a bunch of morons Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 13

3:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

emcee says...

Incompetance.
Incompetance. emcee
  • Score: 7

3:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

dhd says...

It's going to keep happening since the dredging, that must have dislodged goodness knows what.
It's going to keep happening since the dredging, that must have dislodged goodness knows what. dhd
  • Score: 11

5:06pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Maurice Le Frog says...

We have lot of ordinances on our beaches. We don't seem to worry about it much.
We have lot of ordinances on our beaches. We don't seem to worry about it much. Maurice Le Frog
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Fri 20 Jun 14

John Right says...

Kim*Gandy wrote:
Maurice Le Frog wrote:
We have lot of ordinances on our beaches. We don't seem to worry about it much.
The correct word is Ordnance, now you get this correction for free, but do it again and I will be correcting you properly.
Tell you what Kim why not go down there yourself and do some good.
[quote][p][bold]Kim*Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maurice Le Frog[/bold] wrote: We have lot of ordinances on our beaches. We don't seem to worry about it much.[/p][/quote]The correct word is Ordnance, now you get this correction for free, but do it again and I will be correcting you properly.[/p][/quote]Tell you what Kim why not go down there yourself and do some good. John Right
  • Score: 4

8:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

They had better fit wheels to those fences, as it looks like these shells will keep coming...
They had better fit wheels to those fences, as it looks like these shells will keep coming... sesibollox
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Sat 21 Jun 14

John Right says...

We wont be visiting having seen this news in London, of the worst beaches in the UK
We wont be visiting having seen this news in London, of the worst beaches in the UK John Right
  • Score: 2

12:39pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Ian P says...

"Should any future scans results in ordnance being found, then these will be dealt with as per our risk assessment framework and agreed procedures.” I assume this is a fancy way of saying destroy any ordnance as and when it is found. Is that not exactly what happened before they panicked and closed the beach?
"Should any future scans results in ordnance being found, then these will be dealt with as per our risk assessment framework and agreed procedures.” I assume this is a fancy way of saying destroy any ordnance as and when it is found. Is that not exactly what happened before they panicked and closed the beach? Ian P
  • Score: 0

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