A BOMB disposal team alongside the police and coastguard were called out to reports of an unexploded ordnance on the beach at Eskmeals.

At around 2pm on Saturday Millom Coastguard Rescue Team were called out to assist Cumbria Police in investigating a report of ordnance being found on the beach.

Photographs were taken at the scene and sent to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team who came the following day, police said.

Two members from the coastguard team met up with the police and Army EOD Team on Sunday.

Following X-Rays of the device, police said it was deemed not to be a threat to the public and was taken away for disposal.

A spokesman from Millom Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Although, on this occasion, the device posed no threat it was still treated as live until the experts examined it.

“So, if you see anything suspicious on the beach do not touch it, but call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

This is the second incident involving ordnance being discovered within the area in the last few months.

The last one was a World War One mortar discovered at Birkrigg Common in Ulverston on Boxing Day.

A metal detectorist found the mortatr shell and took it home to Hazel Gill in Ormsgill, Barrow before contacting the police.

A Bomb Disposal Unit was sent to the property and neighbours had to be evacuated. It removed and safely detonated on Sandy Gap Beach on Walney the next morning.