WWII device found near London City airport
Police remain at the scene of a World War II device discovered in the River Thames which has closed London City airport.
The unexploded device was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 05:06hrs on Sunday, 11 February. Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed the nature of the device.
At around 22:00hrs on Sunday, 11 February an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.
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 in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy. While we endeavour to progess the operation as quickly as possible and minimise disruption, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely. We would like to thank everyone affected for their patience and cooperation.
Published: by Radio NewsHub