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Alert over unexploded shell find

Sailing vessels are being warned to avoid a part of the Solent after an unexploded shell was found.

The device was dredged by a fishing vessel on Thursday between Stokes Bay, Gosport and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Royal Navy bomb experts inspected the shell and lowered it back into the Solent with a diving team due to carry out a controlled explosion later.

Sailors heading to the first day of the Southampton Boat Show are being told to divert around the area.

Local ferries are avoiding the shell but are continuing usual operations.

The ammunition is said to measure about 3ft (0.9m) by 1ft (0.3m).

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "The navy came onboard to look at the device and put it back in the water.

"The fisherman has gone back to port, he didn't want to stay around there.

"Divers will be going down to fix some explosives to the device to blow it up."



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