Pipe mines found

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BOMBS designed to secure defences on the Isle of Wight have been safely detonated by Ramora UK after laying dormant since the Second World War.

Two pipe mines had been laid underneath an airstrip at the former RAF Somerton at Cowes, which is now owned by BAE Systems.

It is thought the mines were laid in case of an enemy invasion, and would be detonated to render the airstrip unusable.

The pair were discovered during surveys taken as part of BAE Systems’ plans to sell the land for development, including a new supermarket.