Torpedo found in shipping lane

A 20ft torpedo has been found floating five miles off Beachy Head, near a busy cross-Channel shipping lane. Fisherman Peter Storey was on board his boat when he spotted the torpedo near Eastbourne.

The coastguard was alerted but it later emerged that the device's explosive charge had corroded, rendering it safe. After it was towed to safety, bomb disposal experts identified it as a British Mk 9 torpedo which was last tested in 1955. It is believed it came from a wreck.