Young boy find World War II mortar shell in County Derry beach

A young boy has escaped injury after lifting up a live World War II mortar shell from a beach in County Derry.

The child found the bomb while he was walking on the shoreline around Magilligan on yesterday afternoon.

Army bomb experts were called to the scene and they disposed of the shell.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said they believed the boy was "fortunate not to have been badly injured".

They said a number of World War II shells have been found in the surrounding area in recent months and they warned the public to treat items they find on the coastline with caution.

They said they would like to remind people if they find anything unusual they should not touch it but contact police immediately.