Live updates as bomb disposal unit called out to West Kirby beach

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The bomb disposal unit descended on a Merseyside beach on Sunday night with a large area cordoned off by authorities.

Officers from Merseyside Police were dispatched to West Kirby beach, with photos taken at the scene showing a large cordon around the beach.

A number of police vehicles could be seen at the scene, with one witness reporting seeing five police cars and the bomb disposal unit.

Walkers and visitors to the beach were moved away from the area, with a number of people remaining to watch the scene.

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The cordon is located close to the Morrisons car park, where the parade meets the marine lake and the beach.

It's unclear at this point what the nature of the incident is that led to bomb disposal officers being called out.

Merseyside Police and the Force Incident Manager were approached for comment by the ECHO.

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That's all from our live updates this evening

Thank you for following our updates from West Kirby this evening.

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Scale of the police cordon

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Police called out after member of the public finds suspected unexploded ordnance device

Merseyside Police have shared a statement:

Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are in attendance in West Kirby this evening (Sunday 2 May) following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device.

Emergency services were called around 4.30pm, after the device was found by a member of the public.

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team attended, examined the device and have secured the area.

The device, believed to be a mortar ordnance, will be safely removed later this evening.

We would like to thank the community for their patience while we deal with this incident.

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Beach appears to be closed off

A cordon appears to run along the bottom of Dee Lane, close to the Morrisons car park.

The police tape seems to close off the entrance to the beach or the marine lake.

Our reporter Alan Weston is on his way to the scene and will be providing live updates.

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Residents saw police heading to the scene

A number of Wirral residents reported seeing police on their way to the scene.

Posting in a community Facebook page, one witness said: "Just passed five police cars and the bomb disposal team in Saughall Massie, heading towards Hoylakea dn West Kirby ways, all the sirens blasting."

Another said: "They flew down the A41 in Bromborough just after 7pm."

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Bomb disposal team working in the darkness

One witness at the scene said: "Light is fading but all eyes on the beach towards Little Eye here at west Kirby."

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First photos from the scene

Merseyside Police's bomb disposal unit were called out to West Kirby beach
Merseyside Police's bomb disposal unit were called out to West Kirby beach