Giant sand sculpture urges holidaymakers to stay safe on MOD training ground

Depicting an oversized military vehicle, the sand sculpture was brought to life on Saunton Sands beach in Devon, an area steeped in military history and adjacent to the Braunton Burrows Training Estate. The artwork launches the next phase of the Respect the Range campaign, a public safety initiative to warn visitors about the very real risks they face when entering shared land used by the MOD for training. Risks include live firing, unexploded ordnance and fast-moving military vehicles. Ahead of the busy summer holiday season, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), is urging holidaymakers and locals to take extra care and check military firing and training times when accessing MOD sites shared with the public. Accessing military training estate areas when it is not safe to do so not only places visitors in harm’s way, but can also put Service personnel at risk and interrupt vital training exercises designed to prepare our Armed Forces’ to deploy in real-life situations. The MOD wants to raise awareness of these risks with the general public, especially any holidaymakers or day-trippers heading to coastal hotspots this summer.

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