Police have revealed that a medical waste bag sparked the closure of part of a Portsmouth beach.
Officers cordoned off a section of the beach at Eastney yesterday morning.
Initially they gave few details about the operation, but have now confirmed that they removed a medical waste bag from the foreshore.
A dog walker came across the bag on the beach between the pitch and putt golf course and the Coffee Cup stand in Eastern Parade.
They called the police 8.30am and the cordon was in force until 11am.
A police spokesman said he did not know the exact contents of the bag, but said it was ‘a medical bag containing some material’.
He said: ‘A cordon was put in place for a short time and the item was recovered.
‘Officers are now carrying out enquiries.’
Adam Parsons, manager at nearby Coffee Cup, said staff had seen ‘a lot of police’ nearby.
A woman who works in the area and declined to be named said: ‘We could see that they had cordoned off an area.
‘It look like forensics but we couldn’t really see. They were in white suits and had orange cones in places.’
Rebecca Illingworth, who also works nearby, said: ‘All we saw is that there were some police on the beach.
‘We were all wondering what has happening.’