Storms uncover anti-tank traps at Porthcawl’s Rest Bay

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SECOND World War tank traps and giant metal chains have been uncovered at Rest Bay, Porthcawl.

They were installed in case of a German beach landing but have now been exposed by the recent storms.

Some local residents and surfers said they are dangerous and have begun removing the chains.

Bridgend Council said it will send workers to the scene on Monday after dealing with storm damage elsewhere.

Simon Tucker took photos of the remains of about a dozen traps and posted them on Facebook to warn surfers and other beach users.

“The council came down and cut them back quite a few years ago but they are exposed now more than ever,” he said. “They’ve been visible since the first storm back in January.”

Anti-tank devices were installed on many of the beaches around the coastline to stop invading tanks from advancing off the beach and inland.

Porthcawl historian Keith Morgan, who remembers the tank defences from when he was a child, said they were still visible until 1946 or 1947.

“They were old railway lines and they were embedded upright in the beach,” he said. “I can remember them stretching from Swansea Bay all the way round to Porthcawl.

“They were then cut down at some point after the war but even then, I remember going swimming in Swansea Bay and catching my toe on them – it could be pretty painful.”

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