Police say beach ‘finger’ actually seaweed

Coastguard searching the sea wall''w140307b
Coastguard searching the sea wall''w140307b

Emergency searches in Whitby were called off after a ‘human finger’ discovered on the beach was revealed to be a piece of seaweed.

The grim discovery was made by a dogwalker on Monday afternoon and prompted emergency searches, including Whitby’s Coastguard team.

However, the ‘finger’ was later examined by crime scene investigators who confirmed the object was not a human body part, but actually a piece of kelp or seaweed.

The discovery had been made on Whitby’s Black Steps, which lead from the beach promenade up to Mulgrave Road.