WW2 mortars found on beach
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Four WW2 Mortars Found On British Beach

It is the first discovery of its kind from the beach in nine years of excavations to remove wartime defences.

WW2 mortars found on beach

Four mortars dating from World War Two have been discovered at a beach on the south coast of England.

The shells were found at Hordle Cliff in Milford-on-sea.

They were uncovered during excavation work by New Forest District Council to remove 'admiralty scaffolding' - a type of anti-tank and anti-boat defence used during the Second World War.

One of the mortars was safely detonated on the beach by a bomb disposal team this morning.

The other devices were disposed of after being removed from the site.

The shells were originally found on Wednesday (29 March) afternoon.

WW2 mortars on hordle cliff beach
The devices are believed to be spigot mortars. Picture: New Forest District Council

It is the first discovery of its kind from the beach in nine years of excavations to remove wartime defences:

"Discoveries like this are not unusual on the south coast, although this is the first time we have found ordnance during our works at Hordle Cliff,"

Steve Cook, New Forest District Council's coastal and public affairs manager, said.

Photographs courtesy of New Forest District Council.

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