[16:23] There are reports on twitter that “a bomb” has been washed ashore on the beach between Hoylake and West Kirby. I (@hoylake) heard of the story via West Kirby based photographer Matt Thomas (@m4tt_thomas). Local resident Wendy Bennett (@Mummybenno) says that the police have blocked off Riversdale Road. It it not clear if access to the shore from Lingdale Road has also been blocked off.
Some of the holes at the Royal Liverpool golf course have also been closed.
[17:16] Police are not allowing access to the shore at entry points on Riversdale Road and Lingdale Road in West Kirby and Stanley Road, Hoylake. It is presumed that access to the shore via Pinfold Lane and across the golf course is also denied. Traffic along Meols Drive is currently free-flowing. Reports indicate that the device appears to be a bomb from WWII. Messages on twitter indicate that the 8th & 9th holes at Royal Liverpool golf course have been closed. A small group of people could be seen walking on the shore off West Kirby but it is not known if they were returning from Hilbre Island.
A disposal team is expected to deal with the device shortly.
[17:55] Wirral based nature photographer and writer Damien Walters (@DrumImages) reports that the device has been made safe and removed.
More updates when available.