The discovery of an explosive shell on the beach at Alum Bay prompted the evacuation of the Needles Landmark Attraction and a call to the Needles Coastguard team yesterday.

*UPDATED STORY Bomb disposal experts were also dispatched and a cordon was set up after the discovery by a member of the public. They carried it up to staff at the Needles park where a 200 metre cordon was put in place. In a statement, the Coastguards said:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank management and staff of the Needles pleasure park for their understanding and assistance in this matter. I would also like to remind members of the public not to touch any suspicious objects they find along our coastline and report it to the coastguard on 999”

*UPDATED 11.35am *The Needles has issued this statement to Isle of Wight Radio:

“Yesterday, a member of the public found what appeared to be a shell casing on the beach at Alum Bay. They alerted staff at The Needles Landmark Attraction who immediately called the coastguard. “Following strict safety protocols The Needles was closed until Royal Navy bomb disposal experts could safely remove the device, which they suspected to be from World War 2. “The Needles is now fully open for business again.”

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