EXPLOSIONS were carried out at an East Lothian beach after anti-tank mortars were found on a golf course.

Staff at Archerfield Links golf club, by Dirleton, were carrying out maintenance around the prestigious course last Thursday (June 2) when they discovered a small, suspicious device buried underground.

The round metal device, about the size of a tennis ball, with arm and aerofoil on the end, was believed to be a training device from the Second World War.

Police and the Ministry of Defence were contacted, along with East Lothian Council.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “East Lothian Council attended with sandbags to assist with the operation.

“A dig of the area was implemented and 60 pieces of ordnance were dug up, 30 being practice rounds and 30 being live.

“A number of controlled explosions were carried out on the beach.”

Meanwhile, police officers were called out to nearby Gullane on Monday morning.

A spokesman added: "Officers were called around 11am on Monday, to a report of an item on beach in Gullane.

"EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) attended and confirmed it wasn't suspicious and the item will be removed."