Part of Southend Seafront has been closed off this afternoon.
Essex Police have told us they’ve put a cordon in place close to Western Esplanade after reports that a device resembling an unexploded shell had been found yesterday afternoon.
A section of the beach has also been closed to the public by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to maintain public safety.
The Ministry of Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been requested and a cordon will remain in place until they dispose of it.
A spokesperson from UK Coastguard has provided this statement:
“We won’t know exactly what we are dealing with until the EOD team arrive tomorrow. Until that time, we have taken measures to set up a cordon and clear that area of the beach to make sure the public are kept safe. We are appealing to people to stay away from the area until it has been declared safe by the EOD.”