A metal detectorist has made the discovery of a lifetime on Southport beach today, Thursday 18 June 2020.

The avid hunter was combing Southport sands this morning when he came across a live 303 bullet thought to have lain dormant in the sands for over 80 years.

The live ammunition was found Just fifty yards from the coastline where children play and is thought to be a bullet designed to fit an Enfield rifle which were most commonly used in both World Wars.

Police have now seized the bullet and are planning to deactivate it before returning it to the metal dectectorist.