1,000 bombs found on Mappleton beach – and there will be more
BOMB disposal experts who have so far found more than 1,000 explosives on a beach are warning there will be more.
A guarded cordon was put in place after a landslide at Mappleton beach, near Hornsea, resulted in bombs and rockets embedded in the cliffs for more than 40 years tumbling on to the sands.
Bomb disposal experts continue to clear the remaining explosives from the site, which was used by the RAF during the war and the cliffs were used for target practice.
Inspector Mark Coulthard, from the Holderness neighbourhood policing team, said: "On no account should any person pick these items up and take them home.
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"The likelihood of more finds is high, as coastal erosion washes away some of the cliffs, and unearths more munitions."
One bomb disposal expert, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I've never seen anything like it apart from pictures from Iraq on TV.
"The amount of visible bombs was horrific."
The mixture of rockets, mortars and 25lb bombs were spotted by a dog walker, who notified the police on Saturday.
The police attended but were unable to identify what was there due to the high tide. The area was checked again on the Sunday.
The bomb disposal expert said: "With regards to the unexploded ordnance (uxo), they are always potentially a danger. Even though they could have been in the ground for 40 or 50 years they are still a danger.
"I think something should be done and public access should be restricted to the beach.
"With the tide there is also a danger they could be washed up and down the coast.
"It will take a considerable amount of time to remove the uxos. If anyone does come across any unexploded bombs they should not touch them and should report them to the police."
An explosive ordnance disposal team attended the scene with the assistance from the Defence School of Transport on Sunday when many of the items were taken away.
By the end of play on Sunday, 15 controlled explosions had been carried out on those items considered dangerous.
Inspector Coulthard said: "Although not live munitions, they do pose a danger as they have flash charges in them.
"I would advise any member of the public finding such an item to ensure they leave it alone and phone the police to notify us, so we can arrange the necessary measures to make them safe."
Kim Soltys, Mappleton Parish Council clerk, said: "The bomb disposal teams are down here every week picking them up, but I've never know this quantity before."