POLICE are investigating what they believe to be an unexploded bomb discovered by a family during a day out in Lynton.
The object was spotted sticking out of the ground at Watersmeet yesterday by Jason Poulton, girlfriend Anda Thommen, her children Rez, Neo and Elfini, and sister Sophina Debrosci.
Jason said: "We were just walking down from the car park when the kids spotted something shiny sticking out of the ground.
"Naturally they wanted to investigate so we started digging."
Anda added: "We were all using sticks to dig like mad to try and discover what it was.
"My 10-year-old son Rez managed to pull it out of the ground and we were trying to work out what it was, when suddenly Jason told us to hold on.
"He calmly explained that he thought it was an unexploded ordnance, and that we should put it out of peoples way, so we placed it over by a tree as we had no signal, and went to the shop to find a warden and get a cream tea."
Jason, who is from Braunton, said: "I just couldn't believe it was right there in the middle of a footpath, lots of people must have passed it by.
"We explained what we had found to the lady in the shop and we showed the warden where we had left it. He then called the police and we went on our way."
A police spokesperson confirmed that they had investigated the object, and sent pictures to the bomb disposal team (EOD) in Plymouth to analyse.
He said: "We sent a team out at approximately 4pm to investigate a report from the member of the public of an unexploded ordnance.
"We sent pictures to the EOD and they are currently at the scene to investigate.
"It is usual protocol for the EOD to identify the object and make the area safe."
The area was cordoned off and the object was taken back to Plymouth and later destroyed by the EOD.