Man's suspicious beach discovery sparks urgent police search

While emergency services raced to the scene, it turned out it was not what they were expecting.

A walker sparked panic after fearing suitcases washed up on a beach contained drugs only for police to open them to find old bedding inside.

Authorities sealed off the shoreline after the suspicious luggage was spotted on the pebbled seafront. Coastguards and the RNLI in a lifeboat were also called to help with the investigation, while surrounding roads near the beach were also closed by cops.

But officers then opened the bags and found they had duvets in them.

What was thought to be drugs turned out to be bedding. Source: Jam Press
What was thought to be drugs turned out to be bedding. Source: Jam Press

The drama unfolded in Binstead on the Isle of Wight on England's south coast on St Patrick's Day.

“It was a member of the public who called it in as possible drugs, sparking the coastguard and police to be called," a police source said.

Locals were able to see the funny side of things, with one woman saying she "wondered where my quilt was".

Drugs washing up at several beaches

It follows a number of cases of drugs washing up on the UK coastline. Last October, cocaine in bags was found near Durdle Door, Dorset.

In the same month the Class A Drug also waged up in Goring, Felpham, Middleton-on-sea and Selsey, all West Sussex.

A similar situation has occurred in Australia, with blocks of cocaine continuing to wash up on beaches across NSW. More than 250kg of cocaine has so far been retrieved, with police not knowing where it has come from.

- Jam Press

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