Navy divers scour beach for bombs

Not before time - Shoebury Independent councillors Mike Assenheim , and Nick Ward

Not before time - Shoebury Independent councillors Mike Assenheim , and Nick Ward

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A SPECIALIST Navy team will begin scouring Shoebury East Beach today for unexploded bombs in a bid to get the beauty spot reopened to the public.

The military will begin a two-day search of the beach, which has been closed since live mortar and artillery shells were found at the end of April, and the surrounding MoD land.

The bomb squad will destroy any explosives found and provide Southend Council with an assessment of the danger to the public, so it can decide whether to reopen the area.

The council first closed the beach, which it licences from the MoD as a public beach, on May 1 after 15 artillery ormortar shells and a dozen machine guns were found there in just 13 days.

In a joint statement, the council and MoD said: “A specialist explosive ordnance disposal team from the Royal Navy Southern Diving Group will investigate a number of sample areas across the licensed public area of East Beach, along with a buffer zone into the surrounding MoD-managed area.

“The work will involve excavation of metallic items, which were identified during a previous geophysical survey as potential ordnance, but which may not necessarily indicate the presence of live munitions.

“Any ordnance found will be made safe and disposed of by the explosive ordnance disposal team.

“Following the work, the MoD’s assessment of the risk from any ordnance will be provided to the council, which will use the information to inform its decision on whether, and at what stage, the beach can be reopened.”

However, despite the work the closure could remain for some time as a follow-up meeting between the MoD and council won’t take place until the middle of the month.

The council is already considering a number of measures, including reviewing signs in the area, to prepare for re-opening the beach.

The statement continued: “Local people and businesses should be assured that both the MoD and the council continue to prioritise this work in recognition of the importance of East Beach to residents, visitors and businesses.”

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11:02am Wed 4 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Did the Mod turn up on his scootwr wearing his fishtail parka?


Or was the headline on the front page meant to say MOD?
Did the Mod turn up on his scootwr wearing his fishtail parka? Or was the headline on the front page meant to say MOD? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

11:03am Wed 4 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Scooter not scootwr. Sorry.

Can I get a job at The Echo on the basis of that display of award winning journalism do you think?
Scooter not scootwr. Sorry. Can I get a job at The Echo on the basis of that display of award winning journalism do you think? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

12:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

andyh says...

East Beach. "Beauty spot"? ROFL
East Beach. "Beauty spot"? ROFL andyh
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Did the Mod turn up on his scootwr wearing his fishtail parka?


Or was the headline on the front page meant to say MOD?
Dont worry, the Rockers will sort them out...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Did the Mod turn up on his scootwr wearing his fishtail parka? Or was the headline on the front page meant to say MOD?[/p][/quote]Dont worry, the Rockers will sort them out... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ian P says...

“Local people and businesses should be assured that both the MoD and the council continue to prioritise this work in recognition of the importance of East Beach to residents, visitors and businesses.” Closed May 1st and earliest meeting to discuss possible re-opening not till mid June. Bet the residents are glad the issue is being treated as a priority.
“Local people and businesses should be assured that both the MoD and the council continue to prioritise this work in recognition of the importance of East Beach to residents, visitors and businesses.” Closed May 1st and earliest meeting to discuss possible re-opening not till mid June. Bet the residents are glad the issue is being treated as a priority. Ian P
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

When will the boats within the coron be allowed back ? Surely a survey of the whole tidal reach will take months or is it all an error, as the shells found were dumped there by an errant trawlerman ?
When will the boats within the coron be allowed back ? Surely a survey of the whole tidal reach will take months or is it all an error, as the shells found were dumped there by an errant trawlerman ? sesibollox
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Wed 4 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Rumour has it, this over reaction has been laughed at by the MoD, who dare I say know the results of the EOD search, before it has happened, they will go through the motions, theres no hurry, afteral you can't rush a good job.
Rumour has it, this over reaction has been laughed at by the MoD, who dare I say know the results of the EOD search, before it has happened, they will go through the motions, theres no hurry, afteral you can't rush a good job. CarnMountification
  • Score: 5

2:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

good to see our millitary mobilised, to find a few rusty nails, and the odd broken spade, relic of sunny days past..... still, the idiots at SBC got another photo shoot out of it...........
good to see our millitary mobilised, to find a few rusty nails, and the odd broken spade, relic of sunny days past..... still, the idiots at SBC got another photo shoot out of it........... pembury53
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Roger of Leigh says...

Surely the reference to MoD is not correct, the site is run by a contractor Qinetique who don't give a stuff. If the council are leasing the site they should stop paying the rent, it may help focus their thinking.
Surely the reference to MoD is not correct, the site is run by a contractor Qinetique who don't give a stuff. If the council are leasing the site they should stop paying the rent, it may help focus their thinking. Roger of Leigh
  • Score: -2

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