A YOUNG boy’s day out at the beach took a dramatic turn when he stumbled upon a bullet in the sand.
Little Logan Pounder, 5, found the 9mm ammo while walking with his granddad, Steven Pounder, along Fish Sands, on Hartlepool’s Headland.
The lead-tipped bullet is battered and bruised, and looks like it has spent decades out at sea.
Logan’s uncle, also called Steven but who is well-known as Spotter, is now looking after the relic and has put it in a bucket of sand for safekeeping.
Steven, 31, a groundworker from the Clavering area of town, said: “You get some strange things that get washed up on the beach, dead seals and that sort of thing, but I’ve never known a bullet turn up.
“I’ve worked on a fishing boat and you do get things like old mines, but to spot a bullet on a beach is impressive.
“It looks like its from World War Two. It’s very old and battered, and you’d reckon the gunpowder has been spoilt.
“I think it’s from a handgun, or something similar, but it’s been there for a long time so I doubt it would work.
“They didn’t know what to do with it but we’ll probably give it to the bobbies because I don’t really know what else to do with it.”
Logan, who lives with his dad, Robert Pounder, a 29-year-old chef, in Blackhall Rocks, had gone for a walk with his granddad two weekends ago when they saw the glistening metal.
Steven senior, 52, an electrical engineer and volunteer with the RNLI who lives off King Oswy Drive and is married to Jackie, took it off him to be on the safe side, but was sure that it could cause no harm.
Steven said: “Logan picked it up and said ‘look at that’. I don’t know what the chances are of him finding something like that in Hartlepool.
“Logan goes over to see his grandparents every weekend and loves going down to the beach, so this made his day.”