Part of Brighton beach closed off as possible 'mortar shell' found

Beach-goers have been issued a warning today after a possible 'unexploded mortar shell' was found on Brighton beach today (Sunday, April 18).

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 3:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 5:30 pm

The device was found on the beach just west of Brighton Palace Pier this afternoon.

Residents have been told to avoid the area.

A spokesman for Brighton Police said: "A section of beach west of Brighton Palace Pier has been cordoned off after an item – possibly an unexploded mortar shell – was found. The scene has been made safe while we await attendance from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Please stay away from the area in the meantime."

Sussex Police at the scene this afternoon. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Police cordoned off the area. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Officers at the scene today. Picture by Eddie Mitchell