A WORLD WAR Two hand grenade, possibly left behind during the D-Day departures of American troops, has been recovered on Durgan Beach near Mawnan Smith.

The area was the setting off point for American forces in June 1944, and may have been dropped by one of the soldiers as they prepared to depart for the Normandy beaches..

The rusty grenade was discovered by a concerned member of the public and appears to be have been half embedded in concrete, possibly the remains of one of the temporary docks built there.

Falmouth Police assessed the grenade which was extremely rusty and requested the bomb disposal team from Plymouth to remove the grenade to a place of safety.

Police are warning people that if you find a suspicious object or what they suspect to be ordnance call 999 immediately and request police. Do not touch or move the object and make others aware of the objects location.