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'Unexploded mine' found on beach turns out to be mooring bollard

The incident happened on Crimdon Beach.
The incident happened on Crimdon Beach.

A lump of metal suspected of being an unexploded mine turned out to be part of a bollard, police have said.

Officers from Cleveland Police were called to a report of an unexploded mine on Crimdon Beach at around 1pm yesterday.

The piece of metal which caused the alert. Photo by Cleveland Police.

The piece of metal which caused the alert. Photo by Cleveland Police.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "They attended the scene alongside bomb disposal colleagues and determined that what was believed to be a mine was actually a boat mooring bollard which goes deep into the ground.

"We would like to reassure the public that this is not a dangerous item and it will be left in situ."