Beach evacuated after ‘mortar’ find

© DC ThomsonTentsmuir Forest.
Tentsmuir Forest.

A popular North East Fife beach has been evacuated following the discovery of a suspected mortar shell.

Police and fire fighters raced to Tentsmuir beach, near Tayport, shortly after 10.30am on Tuesday morning following reports of a suspicious item on the beach.

Members of the public were ushered from the sands and told to keep back. A wide cordon has been established by uniformed officers, keeping people as far from the discovery as possible.

Bomb disposal experts have been called to the scene from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit as well as specialist personnel from Police Scotland.

A police officer stands guard close to the entrance

One visitor said: “We had just arrived, close to lunch time, when we were told to turn back and keep a distance.

“Police didn’t say why we had to go, but some people said it might be a suspicious package.”

A Police Scotland East division spokesperson said: “Police in Fife are currently in attendance in the Tentsmuir Forest area of Tayport following a report that a suspected mortar shell was found by a member of the public.

“Specialist personnel including the EOD have been alerted and a cordon is currently in place.

“The public are asked to avoid the area and are thanked for their patience at this time.”