A BOMB disposal team has this morning detonated a mortar shell which was found by a man.

The experts arrived at Sandy Gap Beach on Walney this morning to safely blow up the device.

Police said a metal detectorist found the explosive at Birkrigg Common in Ulverston and took it home with him to Hazel Gill in Ormsgill, Barrow, yesterday.

The man contacted police when he realised what it was he had discovered, an officer said.

The man had left the property of his own accord.