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Highly toxic device found on Shetland beach “will be there until Wednesday”

Bomb disposal unit
Bomb disposal unit

A “highly toxic” device found on a Shetland beach will not be dealt with until specialists arrive on Wednesday.

As reported in yesterday’s Press and Journal, police received a report on Saturday evening of debris having been found on Meal Beach, south-east of the village of Hamnavoe, on West Burra, after a member of the public found an item of unexploded ordnance washed up on the shore due to the bad weather.

Yesterday, police confirmed that the ordnance, a marine location flare, is believed to be highly toxic and in agreement with HM Coastguard, a cordon was set up around the beach in order to prevent anyone from entering the site.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit have been contacted and are expected to arrive at the site on Wednesday in order to make the ordnance safe.

Police Scotland urge members of the public to stay away from the site until the cordon has been removed and the area cleared.

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