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London airport closed after World War 2 bomb discovered
Posted on: 12-02-2018 , 12:04:PM | DY365 Bureau

 picture courtesy: The Express Tribune

February 12, 2018: London City Airport was closed on Sunday after construction workers discovered a World War 2 bomb in the nearby Thames River.


The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London’s most central airport, during planned work.

"A 214m (234-yard) exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed," the airport said in a statement.

Travellers were told to avoid the airport: "All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information."

City Airport operates short-haul flights and is located in east London, close to the Canary Wharf business district.

The Metropolitan Police said the discovery was reported before dawn on Sunday, at around 0500 GMT, and the exclusion zone was put in place at 2200 GMT.

The decision was taken "to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public," police said in a statement.

The unexploded ordnance is being dealt with by specialist police officers working alongside the Royal Navy.
 
 

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