Ordnance found at Sands of Sound

HM COASTGUARD is asking the public to keep at a safe distance after a suspected ordnance was found at the Sands of Sound beach in Lerwick on Monday.

Police requested coastguard assistance after the ordnance was found by a member of the public just before 3pm.

Lerwick’s coastguard rescue team has put a 100 metre cordon in place and have asked the public “not to put themselves in danger and to keep a safe distance until it has been disposed of safely”.

The explosives ordnance disposal team has been notified and is expected to make its way to the beach within the next 24-48 hours.

The coastguard issued safety advice that it is “not unusual that after a period of bad weather you may find things washing up on beaches and this is certainly the case here. Remember that ordnance comes in many different shapes and sizes. If you see something suspicious, including pyrotechnic or marine flares, don’t touch them, pick them up or take them home.

“Leave it where it is, take photos or make notes about its size, what it looks like and where it is so the experts can decide if it’s safe or not. Then call 999 and ask for the coastguard. We’ll be able to help dispose of the item safely.”