Tuesday 12 December 2017

Unexploded bomb spotted in Thames on eve of Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race

The Cambridge boat takes on water during the Women's Race
Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs
The Cambridge boat takes on water during the Women's Race Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs

Dominic Harris

An unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in the River Thames, not far from the start of Sunday's annual Oxford-Cambridge boat races.

Police were called out after a member of the public spotted the device near Putney Bridge, just yards from where the annual rowing event will get under way.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called by a member of the public at approximately 1.50pm on Saturday reporting what they thought to be World War Two ordnance on the Chelsea shoreline by Putney Bridge.

"Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended. The item is currently submerged."

Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Thames to watch the 163rd edition of the Boat Race between the two universities.

The men's event starts at 5.35pm, while the women's race - in its 72nd year - begins at 4.35pm.

Race director Michelle Dite said: "At this stage the races will go ahead as planned," the BBC reported.

"Any decisions regarding changes to the event will be made in conjunction with the police.

"No decision will be made today."

Press Association

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