A large object – thought to be a piece of unexploded ordnance – turned out to be a concrete bollard in East Cowes.

Last night (Wednesday) Bembridge Coastguard was called by Solent Coastguard to attend the seafront following the discovery near the sea wall by a member of the public. The member of public thought they had found a 2ft-long artillery shell.

On arrival the ordinance was under the tide and the team later redeployed to the esplanade early this morning at 4am.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) from Portsmouth were requested to attend the seafront at first light today arriving around 6am.

The object was soon identified as a concrete bollard, not a shell.

Photos courtesy of Bembridge Coastguard.