London airport shut down after police find WWII bomb in the Thames
ALL flights to and from London’s City Airport were cancelled overnight after a 500-kilogram unexploded World War II-era bomb was found nearby in the River Thames.
Police said the ordnance was found during work at the airport on Sunday and a 200-metre exclusion zone was set up.
The Metropolitan Police said properties within the exclusion zone had been evacuated and a number of roads were cordoned off.
Police said the bomb was discovered on Sunday at the George V Dock during pre-planned work at the airport. They described it as a 1.5-metre shell that was lying in a bed of dense silt.
“The first stage of the removal operation is to free the shell from the silt so that it can be floated for removal,” police said in a statement. Local officials offered emergency accommodations to residents and said work to remove the bomb would continue into Tuesday.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, the city’s fifth biggest and the most central, said: “The airport is co-operating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
Regional airline CityJet said its flights from the airport had been rescheduled to land and take off from London Southend airport. Italy’s Alitalia said it would operate flights from London Stansted airport.
British Airways said it was trying to minimise disruption for passengers after the airport’s closure.
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