Man ‘chopped away’ on ‘shell’ on Ainsdale beach before realizing what it was

Man ‘chopped away’ on ‘shell’ on Ainsdale beach before realizing what it was

A man who found a Second World War shell while metal detecting on a Merseyside beach and took it home started “picking” at it before realizing what it was.

Wayne Boyle, 53, recently won a metal detector in a competition and was on just his second trip with it on Saturday (March 3) when he thought he found “a lump of coal with gold sticking out of it” on Ainsdale Beach. Wayne pocketed the find, a World War II shell, and took it home for further investigation.

At home, Wayne tried to “hack away” the rusted ammunition on Sunday morning (March 5) before posting it on a forum to see if anyone could help him identify it. Just hours later, his entire road was blocked off as a bomb squad and explosives specialists descended on his house.

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Wayne told MEN: “It was crazy. I put it in my pocket on the beach because I thought it might be of interest and I didn’t want to damage it.

“I put it in this metal detecting place and everyone immediately tells me to call the police immediately. They said it looked like some kind of round and it might even still be alive. So that’s when I started taking seriously.”

Realizing what he might have on his hands, Wayne called 101 and the police quickly arrived to take pictures of the object and send them to experts.

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