A Royal Air Force drone has been found in the surf of a Scottish beach.

Lying on the shoreline at Baleshare on North Uist the Mirach 100/5 target drone was found by a member of the public out for a walk.

They alerted the coastguard in Benbecula who in turn called in staff from the MoD rocket range at South Uist.

It's not the first time such hardware has been found in the area, positioned as it is close to where the UK Armed Forces conduct much of their testing.

The drone may have been used in a massive ballistic missile defence system test held last week of the coast of Scotland.

Ships from 7 nations including the Royal Navy's Type-45 Destroyer HMS Dauntless took part in the Maritime Theater Missile Defence Forum exercise. 

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The UK offered the Hebrides range to the participating navies due to its geographical and economic convenience.  

Following the find of target drone the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have reissued advice warning people not to touch any suspected military equipment they might find and to immediately call 999. 

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