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Royal Engineers Tackle WWII UXO In London

British Army Bomb Disposal Experts deal with a World War 2 bomb discovered in Brent, London. [Crown Copyright: Sgt. Rupert Frere]

Overnight a Royal Engineer EOD team has been dealing with a massive unexploded World War Two bomb (i.e.  Unexploded Ordnance or UXO) uncovered on a building site in London NW6.

Just before noon today the MoD issued the following communiqué to C&S:-

“Police are continuing to deal with a suspected WWII ordnance discovered in Brent. Officers were called at approximately 11:30hrs on Thursday, 2 March, to The Avenue, NW6 after a suspected WWII ordnance was discovered at a building site.

Overnight Royal Engineers constructed a blast protection layer around the device before beginning work on rendering it safe [Crown Copyright: Sgt. Rupert Frere]

“Nearby residences, businesses, schools and buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. Specialist officers from the Army are currently on the scene and assessing the device. Cordons around the device have been put in place to facilitate the Army specialists and there are road closures in the area.

 

“The operation is expected to last through the night and into Friday, 3 March. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”

 

Coincidentally, last weekend our Security Industry consultant Bob Shaw, a former British Army ATO and IEDD/WIS Operator, filed a column on The Explosive Legacy of WWII for the April issue of COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine which goes on sale from next Thursday (9th) on UK newsstands and slightly later around the globe.

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