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London City Airport remains closed due to WWII bomb

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:01 am
by Bell 407
London City Airport remains closed due to WWII bomb

An unexploded World War Two bomb found in the River Thames has forced London City Airport to close and cancel all flights for the day.

Several householders were evacuated from their homes overnight and are staying in temporary accommodation.

Part of the Docklands Light Railway has been suspended and some roads remain closed, Transport for London have said.

London City Airport said all flights in and out would be cancelled, and urged passengers not to travel to the airport and contact their airlines for further information.

Robert Sinclair, the airport's chief executive, said: "I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents.

"The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

Police were called to the scene at the George V Dock, North Woolwich, just after 5am on Sunday.

The ordnance had been discovered as part of planned work that was taking place at the airport.

At 10pm, the decision was taken to put an exclusion zone in place to allow the Royal Navy to deal with the explosive,

A 214-metre exclusion zone was put in place by the Met Police and the Royal Navy were called in to make the area safe.

A Met Police statement said: "Overnight, officers have been helping to evacuate properties within the exclusion zone and police are working with the local authority to provide residents with temporary emergency accommodation and the appropriate support.

"A number of road cordons are in place, and motorists planning to travel through this part of Newham borough are urged to seek alternative routes.

"The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing.

Sky News

Re: London City Airport remains closed due to WWII bomb

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:16 am
by Raffles
I wonder how many unexploded bombs are still lurking around :thinking: