A live German sea mine from WWII washed up on the Sussex coast has been towed out to sea and blown up.

The large metal device measuring about 6ft (1.8m) and thought to weigh about 1,000kg was found on Saturday. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the mine was “safely detonated” at about 17:10 BST.

Earlier, residents were alerted as a precaution and vessels were told to steer clear of the mine off Elmer Beach, near Bognor Regis. A mile-wide maritime and air exclusion zone was in force, with coastguards broadcasting to vessels in the area.

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