London City Airport shut after World War II bomb found in Thames

London City Airport shut after World War II bomb found in Thames

Specialist officers and the Royal Navy confirmed the device was explosive and the airport was shut at 22:00.

Passengers have been advised not to travel to the airport until further notice and check with the airlines for specific flight information.

London City Airport has been closed and all flights cancelled after an unexploded Second World War bomb was uncovered nearby in the River Thames.

Police have set up a 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone and the airport remains closed.

The unexploded bomb was found during planned development procedures at the King George V docks.

The airport authorities have urged all passengers to avoid travelling to the facility, through a Twitter post.

The airport will remain closed all day today and all flights will be cancelled while the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police work to safely remove the device.

Meanwhile, there is no service between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal on police request following the discovery of WW II artillery. "As a result, London City Airport is now closed".

Police in a statement said that this decision was made "to ensure that the ordinance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public".

Over 16,000 passengers will be affected by the closure.

"The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy".

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