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London Airport closed: World War Two bomb grounds flights

Sheetal Sukhija - Monday 12th February, 2018

LONDON, U.K. - During pre-planned works at the London City Airport, workers are said to have found an unexploded World War Two bomb, causing widespread travel chaos.

According to officials, the ordnance was found in the River Thames at the George V Dock during pre-planned works and bomb disposal teams were working to limit the risk to the public.

Subsequently, surrounding roads were closed and a 214-metre exclusion zone was set up.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed in a statement, "Police are responding to a World War Two ordnance in the River Thames at George V Dock, E16. The ordnance 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.”

The spokesman added, "The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy. At 22:00hrs 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. There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation. London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling."

The incident caused chaos for passengers flying into and out of the London City Airport, which was closed after the bomb was found.

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