Evacuation after land mine find on beach

A land mine found at Birling Gap at the weekend led to the area being evacuated.

Tourists and visitors to the popular spot on Saturday (June 22) had to leave the area after it discovered.

Solent Coastguard was contacted shortly before 1pm to say a possible ordnance had been found.

The Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to the area and the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operation Centre was contacted about the discovery.

A resident who contacted the Herald said, “The tourist area was cleared of visitors, both local and overseas who had come to see the famous Seven Sisters cliffs, from this normally advantageous viewing site.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the EOD unit, from Shorncliffe in Kent, attended the scene and that the land mine was destroyed on site in a controlled explosion.