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ROYAL Navy divers from Portsmouth have safely detonated Second World War bombs which washed up on a beach.

Nearly 90 of the devices were discovered on Calshot beach near Southampton following low tides on Wednesday and Thursday.

A five-man bomb disposal team from the Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit 2 spent two days exploding the ordnance, and carried out checks on Saturday to make sure no more than the 87 which they destroyed had washed up.

The navy bomb disposal team, which is based in Portsmouth, took the devices 300 metres offshore and then blew them up at high tide when the water could absorb some of the explosion.

A Solent Coastguard spokeswoman said that the team had returned to the scene on Saturday to ensure that the area was completely safe.