COASTGUARD volunteers were called to the beach at Swanage over the weekend after a member of public found 'wartime ordnance'.

Officials based in Swanage visited an area north of Shep's Hollow after the report was made.

However, it was quickly discovered that the item was a jockey wheel, which had been used as a mooring weight for a boat.

A spokesperson from Swanage Coastguard said: “Team members were quickly on scene and established it was a jockey wheel that has been there for some time.

“Following calls previously to this wheel, the item had been marked in a way that could confirm that this was a wheel rather than a hazardous item.

“With low tides other wartime structures were visible and we do ask that all suspicious items are reported to the Coastguard via 999.

“We have been to this several times and due to its location and weight we can’t remove it.

"It has been marked so we can identify it quickly but we will always check a report.

"These old wheels are often used as mooring weights for boats.”