Breaking : Unexploded World War Two bomb discovered in London

PIXELATED AT SOURCE Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of a Second World War bomb which was discovered on a building site in Brent, north-west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 2, 2017. A huge cordon is in place and roads have been closed after the unexploded device was found near Brondesbury Park in Brent, north-west London. The army has been called in to deal with the bomb while police and the fire service also remain on the scene, Brent Council said. See PA story POLICE Brondesbury. Photo credit should read: Rupert Frere/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A suspected unexploded World War Two bomb discovered on the banks of the River Thames could threaten the university Boat Race.

The find was made near Putney Bridge, west London, a day before the 163rd Oxford v Cambridge race.

PIXELATED AT SOURCE Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of a Second World War bomb which was discovered on a building site in Brent, north-west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 2, 2017. A huge cordon is in place and roads have been closed after the unexploded device was found near Brondesbury Park in Brent, north-west London. The army has been called in to deal with the bomb while police and the fire service also remain on the scene, Brent Council said. See PA story POLICE Brondesbury. Photo credit should read: Rupert Frere/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Organisers of the annual Oxford v Cambridge boat races are to decide whether Sunday’s event will go ahead after an unexploded second world war bomb was found near the starting line.

Police were called on Saturday after a member of the public spotted the device in the river Thames near Putney Bridge, yards from where the annual rowing event will get under way. Marine experts examined the submerged bomb and the races are expected to go ahead as planned.

The Metropolitan police 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.

 

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