London City Airport closed after World War Two bomb found in Thames nearby

London City Airport has been closed after a World War Two bomb was discovered in the Thames nearby.

The airport and surrounding roads were placed on lockdown late on Sunday after the object was unearthed at George V Dock.

Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed the nature of the device, according to police.

An operation to remove it is ongoing. It is not clear how long the airport will remain shut for. 

London City Airport has advised anyone travelling from the airport on Monday to contact their airline.

A Met Police spokesman said: “The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 5.06am on Sunday, February 11.

“At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.

“There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation.

“London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling.”

Transport for London tweeted the airport was shut and road closures were in place.

The transport authority wrote: “The airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident.

“There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. Traffic is light in the area.”

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