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UPDATE: Work continues to safely remove World War II ordnance

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 22:15 GMT

Latest as of 22.15hrs on Monday, 12 February:

The device is due to be removed from the secondary location in the dock in time for high tide - close to midnight - when it can be transported via the River Thames to a secure area for disposal.

This will require a new exclusion zone and some residents will be evacuated to temporary accommodation which is being provided by the local council.

Those affected by these arrangements have already been contacted by the police.

This may 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.

We would encourage residents and owners of local businesses to follow us on Twitter @metpoliceuk for updates regarding when they can return to their homes and businesses.

Residents from the second exclusion zone will be allowed to return once the device has left the area; communications will be sent out when this is possible.

We would again like to thank everyone affected for their patience and cooperation.

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and officers continue to liaise within those within the exclusion zone to ensure that they are aware of the safety arrangements in place.

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Latest as of 19:30hrs on Monday, 12 February:

Police continue to work with Royal Navy partners to safely remove and dispose of World War II ordnance that was discovered in the River Thames at King George V Dock, E16, in the early hours of Sunday, 11 February.

The device was examined by Met and Royal Navy dive teams and confirmed as a 500kg tapered end shell measuring approximately 1.5m.

The device has been removed from its original position and taken to a secondary location within the dock.

Residents displaced by the initial operation today can now return to their homes.

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Police continue to work with Royal Navy partners to safely remove a World War II ordnance discovered in the River Thames at George V Dock, E16, in the early hours of Sunday, 11 February.

The device has been examined by Met Police and Royal Navy dive teams and is confirmed as being a 500kg tapered end shell measuring approximately 1.5m.

It is lying in a bed of dense silt and the first stage of the removal operation is to free the shell from the silt so that it can be floated for removal.

The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy. The timing of removal is dependant on the tides, however, at this stage we estimate that the removal of the device from location will be completed by tomorrow morning.

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.

We would like to thank everyone affected for their patience and cooperation. Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and officers continue to go door to door to ensure that those living within the exclusion zone are aware of the safety arrangements in place.