A Royal Navy bomb disposal team has safely disposed of a live Second World War mortar, after children had reportedly been found playing with it on a beach.

The explosive was detonated by military experts from Faslane naval base, on Rosemarkie Beach in the Scottish Highlands, which is popular with families and dog walkers.

Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire told the Press and Journal that people must stay clear of suspicious devices:

"It was a small, two-inch mortar in quite bad nick. It looked very typical of WWII-era type munition.

"Apparently a family came across a group of kids playing with it on the beach and they, quite rightly, told them to put it down and informed the police. That information was passed on to the coastguard."

"It was discovered late on Wednesday. We weren’t able to be here until today. The coastguard did a good job of keeping a cordon around it.

"It had clearly been fired but had not gone off, so it still contained explosives. Therefore we destroyed it in place on the beach.

"Every case is different, but if it had been an unlucky day there is potential for those things to still go bang."

Ultimately they always still pose a hazard. With anything like this, always leave it where it is, report it to the coastguard or the police and we'll deal with it."

It comes after two similar devices were discovered elsewhere on the Highland coastline in recent months.

Scotland's coast was subject to numerous WWII bombing raids, whlie northern beaches were used as training grounds for the Allies' D-Day preparations.

Video used with kind permission of Andrew Smith/Press & Journal.

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