COUNTY NEWS: Road reopened after beach bomb fear

The fishing equipment was initially feared to be an unxploded shell SUS-151216-103354001
The fishing equipment was initially feared to be an unxploded shell SUS-151216-103354001
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A CORDON around the discovery of what was believed to be a bomb on Sussex seafront has been lifted.

Dog walker Sally Baker stumbled across the object on East Worthing beach this morning and reported it to the coastguard.

Sally Baker took this picture of the unexploded bomb on East Worthing beach this morning. SUS-151216-092031001

Sally Baker took this picture of the unexploded bomb on East Worthing beach this morning. SUS-151216-092031001

The bomb disposal unit was called and a section of Brighton Road was closed but upon further inspection, the object was found to be fishing equipment.

Senior foreshore inspector Graham Cherrett said: “A report of ordnance washed up on the shore was received by the coastguard in the location of Ophir Road.

“On examination, it was found not to be ordnance but an item of fishing equipment.

“It is large and it is entirely justied what this person thought they saw but it is quite safe and it is now standing in my rear yard.

“What the lady did was totally justified.”

Mr Cherrett said the object was in the shap of a shell and made of polystyrene and even had a serial number.

Mrs Baker, of Meadow Road, Worthing, said: “I took the dog out before I go to work and she was trying to eat and dig it. It was about 50cm long and I didn’t want to touch it myself.

“There’s all sorts of things washed up and it just looked like another bit of rubbish, especially covered in mussel shells, so it was only when I got closer I thought ‘uh oh’, that’s not good.”