An object which was washed up on a Whitley Bay beach this morning was not a Second World War mine as feared, a Northumbria Police spokeswoman has confirmed.
A walker stumbled across the object this morning. Police, who received the call at around 10am, put a 100 metre cordon around the device. However, the News Guardian has been told that it is not a mine.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "It was believed to be a wartime mine at first, but officers attended, and it is not this and there is nothing of any concern. Police cordoned off the area while the object was being looked at, but it is definitely not a mine. The beach is safe and it is open."