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London City Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames

London City Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames

 Feb 12, 2018

London City Airport has been closed after a World War Two bomb was found nearby in the River Thames, a BBC News report said on Monday. The airport will be shut all day and all flights cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers, a spokeswoman said.

The bomb was discovered at about 5 am on Sunday at George V Dock during pre-planned work at the airport in east London, the Met Police said. The airport was shut at 10 pm and the Met said it was working with the Royal Navy to remove the device. Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport as the terminal is closed and to contact their airline.

Robert Sinclair, CEO of the airport, apologised and said: "I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. "The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible." Airlines using London City Airport include British Airways, Flybe, CityJet, KLM and Lufthansa, with flights to domestic and European city destinations.

Police said a 214-metre exclusion zone had been set up and properties inside were evacuated, with Newham Council providing temporary emergency accommodation to residents.



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