Visitors to a Harwich beach have been urged to be vigilant after five wartime hand grenades washed up there in the past five weeks.

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The latest device was found today on the shoreline at Marine Parade when an off-duty military explosives expert saw a person throwing it around for a dog to chase.

The explosives officer organised a 30-yard cordon around the grenade and called police and coastguard officers. The device was later taken away by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officers.

A similar grenade was found yesterday on the beach near West End Lane and The Promenade, and three were found near Lower Marine Parade on July 12. All four were disposed of by EOD officers who carried out controlled explosions on the beach.

Inspector Paul Butcher said: “It would appear that the grenades might have been in a crate that ended up in the sea during the Second World War. That crate might be breaking up or has been disturbed by dredging in the port and has resulted in these five devices being washed ashore along the same stretch of beach.

“We are asking people to be vigilant if visiting this beach and to dial 999 if they find any of these devices.

“Some of them have been covered in barnacles but the one yesterday looked almost as new despite being in the sea, possibly for many years.

“Anyone who finds a grenade should not touch it or move it but should call police immediately.”

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