London City Airport to reopen on Tuesday after WW2 bomb transported down Thames



London City Airport will reopen on Tuesday after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb forced dozens of flights to be cancelled.

A 214-metre exclusion was set up in Newham after the 500kg device was found at King George V Dock in east London on Sunday.

It meant residents had to be evacuated from their homes and the airport shut to all flights as the runway fell within the sealed-off area.

Robert Sinclair, the airport’s chief executive, said: “The World War Two ordnance discovered in King George V Dock has been safely removed by the Royal Navy and Met Police. As a result, the exclusion zone has now been lifted and the airport will be open as normal on Tuesday.

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy work to remove the World War Two bomb

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A diver from the Royal Navy prepares to inspect the bomb

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy at the site of the bomb

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Bomb disposal personnel in a boat are seen on the River Thames

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Police wait outside London City Airport

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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A response vehicle is parked close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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Planes on the apron at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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A Royal Navy bomb disposal van at London City Airport

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers on a boat in King V George Dock close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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Metropolitan Police officers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bom

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“I would like to thank the Royal Navy, Metropolitan Police and Newham Council for their professionalism and expertise in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.”

The 1.5-metre-long tapered-end shell was found 15 metres underwater and was being moved to a secure area to be disposed on Monday night.

Royal Navy divers were working with police through the night to move the German general-purpose bomb down the River Thames and carry out a controlled explosion on Tuesday morning.

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The Metropolitan Police said: “The transportation of the device… will impact on river traffic and motorists are advised that bridges along the route will be temporarily closed to traffic.

“While every effort is being made to progress the operation as quickly as possible, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely.”

The process disrupted some late-night train services from St Pancras station.



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