A Beach in North Cornwall was cordoned off following reports of a ‘bomb’ spotted on the beach this weekend.

Police were notified on Sunday, March 3, of ‘unexploded ordnance’ at Widemouth Bay.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police explained: “Police were called at 11.15am on Sunday 3 March to Widemouth Bay, Bude, following reports that an unexploded ordnance had been found on the beach.

“Officers put a cordon in place around the device.”

After a safety area had been established by police teams in attendance, the Royal Navy attended the site.

A spokesperson continued: “The Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team attended to make the device safe at around 3.30pm.”

However, following their arrival, the Royal Navy team found that the item was not as it seemed.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “Naval teams attended the scene, assessed what it was and found it was a non-ordnance. The object was not explosive.

“It was a metal cylinder which has been rolling around in the sea. As it rolled around, it had built a sort of crust on it.

“When the teams cleared it away, they found it was just a metal cylinder. It wasn't a bomb. It wasn't an ordnance at all.

“The team is closing the task down and will be returning back to base in Devonport. They have done their assessment, notified police, declared it a non-ordnance and will returning to base.”

The spokesperson added: ”The bomb disposal team from Devonport are really pleased that the public will report these things and don't touch it themselves.”