Bullets on the beach

Posted on 18th April 2011 | in Heritage & Tourism , News

A hoard of old bullets has been uncovered on a local beach, and readers are being asked to help solve the mystery of why they ended up there.

Jill Mallen (pictured below) and Pippa Robins were walking their dogs along Hauxley beach at the end of March when they discovered the huge collection of bullets scattered about in the mud and sand.

“Pippa spotted them first” said Jill “She picked one up and we wondered what it was. I said ‘Is it a bullet?’ but we also wondered if it was a bone or a tooth. Then we started to see loads of them in threes and fours. Some were buried in the mud. They looked like sardines almost.”

After filling two doggy bags with the objects, they decided to call the police.

“We weren’t sure if they’d been scattered by the tide, or if they’d been dropped. If they were bullets and if children found them, we were worried – from a safety aspect – we decided to call the police. They arrived pretty promply, had a look and then we took them to where we’d found them. They picked up quite a few more. The police must have taken away about 100. We collected about 70 ourselves.”

According to police firearms experts, the objects were formally identified as very old spent bullets. Since then several people have recounted stories of the dunes being used as a firing range during WW2.

“We would love to know how old these bullets might be and how they got there” said Jill.
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3 thoughts on "Bullets on the beach"

  1. Mark Downie says:

    I remember when I used to play in the dunes as a young lad at Warkworth back in the late 60’s. I would frequently uncover old bullets such as these and was told by my parents/grandparents that they were ‘from the war’. I found a couple of rusty old hand grenades and spent grenade pins too. Never thought to report them to anyone back then of course!!.

  2. Peter Cannon says:

    Find dozens of these on local beaches with the detector , both Druridge and Buston beaches were used for training between wars the Alnmouth bay was used by Aircraft towed targets for training. pre war Late 30s. often find morter fins and grenade caps, fragments .

    There was a shooting range on the links also.

    Very rarely do I actually find unspent ammo, the rounds shown are the projectiles fire at target, Mostly .303 but do get .38 pistol round and occasional blank round. lots of spent .303 and pistol brass cases.the dunes are full of them.

    1. Fred Coxford says:

      The shooting range that Peter mentioned was in the dunes and ran from the southern tip of the present caravan site for 450 yards towards the old Coast guard look out hut.

      As far as I am aware the range was used by Amble Rifle Club from the 1890’s till the 1950’s

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