Unexploded World War II bomb Found In East London Street

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WWII bomb found in Plaistow

An unexploded World War II bomb has been found in an east London street.

Residents were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of the a bomb in Grange Road, Plaistow, on Wednesday afternoon, police said. In a series of tweets, the Met’s Twitter account for the borough of Newham sought to calm nerves while they spent more than two hours making the area safe . more after the cut….

@MPSNewham said people were forced to flee nearby buildings and roads were cordoned off. It was later confirmed the bomb was one believed to have been dropped on London during the Second World War.  A spokesman said officers were called shortly before 4pm. The area was made safe by 7pm. Pictures posted by @MPSNewham showed a small rusty ordnance with the head of the device apparently unscrewed from its body.

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Last year, a large bomb dropped by the Luftwaffe during World War II was found in Bermondsey, south London, forcing more than 1,000 from their homes. A 200m exclusion zone was put in place while the Army safely removed the near half tonne ordnance before dramatically detonating it at a quarry in Kent.