Wednesday 28 September 2016

School evacuated after 'unexploded World War II bomb' found on building site

Catherine Wylie

Published 22/04/2016 | 12:40

Many German cities, like Berlin shown here, were badly damaged by Allied bombing in the Second World War
Many German cities, like Berlin shown here, were badly damaged by Allied bombing in the Second World War

A school has been evacuated after a suspected unexploded bomb from the Second World War was found on a building site.

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Police were called at just before 9.15am to Boone Street, south-east London, following reports of the discovery.

Scotland Yard said the object is believed to be a "WW2 ordnance" and initially did not elaborate on whether it was a bomb, a gun, or another form of weaponry.

But a spokesman later said it was believed to be an unexploded bomb.

Police and specialist officers are currently at the scene, where a cordon of 200 metres is in place, and is likely to be there for some time.

As a precaution, a local school and a number of properties have been evacuated while an assessment of the object is carried out, police said.

Significant disruption has been caused by a number of road closures and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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