A wartime explosive device has been safely dealt with in water off a beach near Bognor, in West Sussex.

The German World War II sea mine, was found on Saturday morning (19 May) off Elmer beach, near Bognor.
The mine was estimated to weigh about 1000 kilos, and was discovered below the high water mark.
Work on the device was carried out when the tides allowed access.

The area of the beach was cordoned off, a number of houses along the seafront were visited.
Residents were advised to leave their windows open and to only use the rear part of their premises while the mine was dealt with.
Detective Superintendent Jason Taylor of Sussex Police said;

“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. 

“On behalf of all agencies, we thank the local residents who have been involved for their co-operation and their patience.” 

On Sunday afternoon (20 May) the device was secured and towed out to sea by Royal Navy experts, for safe detonation, just after 5pm.

Shipping and aviation were warned to stay clear, but no evacuations were necessary.
Emergency services and local agencies have thanked local people for their co-operation.
The cordons have now been withdrawn.
Local seafront residents have been advised that no precautions are now needed.