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UK’s most dangerous beach which public are banned from visiting

Lucy Devine

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UK’s most dangerous beach which public are banned from visiting

A beach in the UK has been considered so dangerous, members of the public have been banned from using it.

Head over to Medmerry Beach in Chichester and you'll see huge warning signs telling people not to enter the beach, due to its many 'hidden dangers', including explosives buried deep beneath the sand.

Other dangers include strong currents, uneven ground and sudden drops both out at sea and on the beach.

Members of the public are banned from using the beach. Credit: Gillian Pullinger/Alamy Stock Photo
Members of the public are banned from using the beach. Credit: Gillian Pullinger/Alamy Stock Photo
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While many in the region know not to enter the beach due to safety concerns, the recent heatwave has seen some people unable to resist heading on to the sand.

As a result, a fresh new warning has been released by authorities, reminding beachgoers of how dangerous the stretch of coastline really is.

And, after new artillery was found there this month, the Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team has taken to social media to reinforce the rules once again.

"Team paged to reports of possible ordnance [military equipment] found on Medmerry Beach," they wrote.

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"On arrival the items were confirmed as ordnance; a further search of the beach was carried out and more pieces were discovered.

"We would like to remind you that this beach is closed to the public as it has many hidden dangers.

"If you come across any ordnance or anything suspicious or unusual on the beach, please don't touch it and call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"Ordnance previously found on this beach has been found to still be highly explosive, so please do not touch it and call 999 straight away."

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The ordnance was found earlier this month on 15 August, after reports of an item found on the beach. Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team were alerted and confirmed the dangerous item, before a search of the beach revealed more pieces.

“Photos were taken and sent to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team,” a Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said.

“Unfortunately, the incoming tide covered the items before EOD arrived so the team were stood down to return later on in the day.”

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The ordnance was dealt with once teams were able to return.

The beach has many 'hidden dangers'. Credit: Gillian Pullinger/Alamy Stock Photo
The beach has many 'hidden dangers'. Credit: Gillian Pullinger/Alamy Stock Photo

Due to a regularly changing tide, the dangerous items have been known to be found both on the beach and at sea.

As a result, there have been a number of controlled explosions on the beach over the last couple of years - one carried out by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team based in Portsmouth in 2019 and another the following year.

Featured Image Credit: Gillian Pullinger/Alamy Nick Upton/Alamy

Topics: UK News

Lucy Devine
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