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Shocking pictures of large metal spikes removed from Pakefield Beach

PUBLISHED: 14:17 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 29 September 2017

A very sharp metal spike mysteriously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach last week. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

A very sharp metal spike mysteriously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach last week. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

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Coastguard teams have removed two sharp metal spikes which mysteriously and dangerously appeared in the wave breaks at Pakefield Beach.

The spikes were removed from the beach by coastguard. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. The spikes were removed from the beach by coastguard. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold rescue officers first responded to reports of an object in the surf around 6.30pm last Thursday, September 21.

An unknown object was said to be causing alarm to members of the public.

However, due to the rising tide the team was unable to locate and investigate further, so they were stood down.

They returned again last Friday at 5.50am and managed to locate the object – a metal spike pointing towards the beach.

Again, due to the rising tide, the team were forced to stand down before further action was taken.

Speaking at the time, David Burwood, rescue officer, said : “The best way I can describe it is as looking like a javelin that is perhaps an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.

“Members of the public alerted us as they were concerned that somebody could become impaled on the spike.”

There were initial concerns the object could be unexploded ordnance from the Second World War.

Mr Burwood said: “Due to bombs that were dropped all along the east coast that has to be investigated as a possibility.

“While there was a potential for it to be ordnance the initial investigation has deemed that it is not.”

Teams then returned at 5.20pm last Friday evening when the low tide of 0.4m meant the spike was now visible to those attending.

Coastguard rescue officers were joined by representatives from Waveney District Council and attempted to identify the object.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: “Thanks to the low tide the spike was fully visible.

“The team were successful in removing the spike from sand.”

He added: “We also located one more spike further up the beach and successfully removed this also, without the assistance of Waveney Norse.”

The first spike was found directly adjacent to the Arbor Lane entrance steps to the beach.

The coastguard previously advised those using the beach to swim at least 50m either north or south of the step to avoid the risk of injury.

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