An explosion was heard on Formby beach this morning after a device was spotted by a member of the public.

Police were called out to Formby beach at around 5.30pm yesterday ( Thursday) after a device was identified by a member of the public.

The device has now been detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.

An explosion was heard at around 11.30am today and a cordon is now in place on Victoria Road while police make the scene safe.

A local caravan park posted a message on social media saying they were woken by police at around 1.30am today after "two World War Two era bombs" were found nearby.

A police spokesman said to the ECHO : "Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are in attendance at Formby beach today (Friday 26 February) following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device.

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"Officers were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday 25 February) after the device was found by a member of the public.

"The device has now been safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.

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"A cordon remains in place in the Victoria Road area while safety checks are completed.

"We would like to thank the community for their patience while we deal with the incident."