Bomb disposal team expected in Sidmouth as unexplained cannister is found on Jacob’s Ladder beach

A Navy bomb disposal team is expected to attend Jacob’s Ladder beach tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) after a cylinder was spotted on the shore.

Part of the beach was closed to the public and the Beer Coastguard Rescue Team tasked to the area around midday today (Wednesday).

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the next course of action was being dictated by the current high tide.

An MCA spokeswoman said: “Due to current high tide, an explosive ordnance disposal team is expected to attend tomorrow.”

The emergency services were called to an area west of Jacob’s Ladder beach earlier today after a member of the public spotted an unknown cannister on the beach.

It is believed the cylinder has now been covered by the water as the tide has come in.

The MCA spokeswoman said: “The Beer Coastguard Rescue Team were sent to a location west of Jacob’s Ladder beach in Sidmouth at around midday today, March 11, after a member of the public spotted a potential ordnance in the water.”

Devon and Cornwall Police were also alerted, but said the matter had been left in the hands of the Coastguard.

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