By Tony Noble • 14 December 2019 • 14:59
Chelsea Bridge close to where bomb was discovered
A Word War II bomb has been found by the team building a new sewer under the River Thames
An unexploded 50kg World War Two bomb found in the River Thames has been removed and exploded. The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police forced Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London to shut. Police were called when Engineers working on the Tideway Project construction site in west London discovered the device which has been identified as a German SD 50kg bomb, a small armour-piercing ordnance dropped from an aircraft. The Port of London Authority said the suspected bomb measured 2ft by 1ft (60cm x 30cm)
Chelsea Embankment between Chelsea Bridge Road and Oakley Street has been closed in all directions. The site is close to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the nursing home for about 300 army veterans although no evacuations were needed. A spokesperson for Tideway said it was working closely with the Met, Transport for London and other emergency services to remove the bomb. The planned 16 miles (25km) sewer – which will stretch from Acton in west London to Beckton in east London – aims to collect 39 million tonnes of sewage discharged into the River Thames each year with a completion set for 2024.
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Tony Noble is a licensed Lay Minister in the Anglican chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Calida. Telephone - 711 043 859 - [email protected]
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