COASTGUARDS alerted to a suspected unexploded device discovered it was the end of a groyne marker pole.

Southbourne Coastguard was called to Avon beach in Christchurch at 9.47am yesterday.

An area around the device was secured before it was examined and found to be harmless.

A spokesman said a team was tasked by the national maritime operations centre to "a very busy Avon beach" after a member of the public found the item half submerged at the end of a rock groyne.

Sinkhole captured on camera at Bournemouth beach

The spokesman added: "Once on scene we secured the area before investigating further. Object quickly found to be an old end of groyne marker pole and posing no danger.

"With pictures and grid reference passed onto the National Maritime Operations Centre the team were stood down. False alarm with good intent."