Suspicious device on coastline sees bomb squad called to North-east beach

A man discovered a suspicious device on a North-east beach, sparking a major police operation.

The man was walking along a stretch of coastline north-west of Fraserburgh when he spotted what police described as a “suspected ordnance device”.

He alerted the police who sent officers to the scene.

They in turn contacted the explosive ordinance device (EOD) team – known as the bomb squad.

It is understood the bomb squad were sent from their base in western Scotland on a 200-mile journey to the North-east

Police closed a 2.3-mile stretch of the B9031 between Rosehearty and Sandhaven as a precaution.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We would like to advise the public that the B9031 between Rosehearty and Sandhaven was closed after a suspected ordnance device was found by a member of the public at the beach area at Sandhaven at around noon on Tuesday.”

Police put a cordon in place and said there was no threat to the wider public.

The road was closed for a number of hours before explosive experts arrived in the North-east.

After examination it was confirmed the device was not an explosive and the road was reopened at about 10.30pm yesterday.

The spokesman said: “Police Scotland are pleased to report that the B9031 between Rosehearty and Sandhaven is now open to traffic after a device was found on the beach.

“This item has now been examined by EOD and confirmed not to be ordanance, posing no threat.”