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World War 2 ordnance at London City Airport

12 February 2018 in Community safety and Environment
Newham Council is currently assisting in a co-ordinated response to deal with a World War Two device found in King George V Dock at North Woolwich.​
Newham council would like to thank all those involved in supporting our residents during the evacuation following the discovery of a World War Two bomb in King George V Dock at North Woolwich.

Fantastic work by the Army and Navy bomb disposals team ensured the safe removal of the bomb, which has now been moved out of harms way. Warm thanks to the British Red Cross, for assisting our staff in setting up the rest centre, to the Metropolitan Police for organising an orderly and safe evacuation, to residents for their patience and co-operation, and finally to our staff who responded quickly to the call for action.


12 Feb 11.47pm update

Unexploded World War 2 ordnance has been safely removed from King George V Dock. The cordons have been lifted. Residents are beginning to return to their homes.
12 Feb 7.30pm update

The Metropolitan Police have said the initial 214-metre cordon that was put in place early on Monday morning is now lifted. Residents from Holt Road, Leonard Street, Lord Street, Newland Street, Tate Road, Muir Street and Kennard Street can now return to their homes.

As the unexploded ordnance is floated through King George V Dock to be neutralised, a second cordon area will come into effect from 9pm and enforced from 10pm. Roads affected are Woodman Street, Milk Street, Fishguard Way, Barge House Road and parts of Grimsby Grove.

The Metropolitan Police continue to lead on the evacuation and residents are advised to make arrangements to stay with family and friends. If this is not possible a rest centre has been established. Those wishing to take advantage of the centre can report to the rendezvous point at the junction between Albert Road and Fishguard Way where transport will be waiting.

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. 

Residents and owners of local businesses are asked to follow the Metropolitan Police on Twitter @metpoliceuk​ for updates regarding when they can return to their homes and businesses.

12 Feb 10am update

The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport early on Sunday morning. Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed it as a German 500kg fused device.

At 10pm on Sunday evening an operational decision was made by the Metropolitan Police with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public. There will be no flights in or out of London City Airport during the operation.

Newham Council has opened its Borough Emergency Control Centre. Officers are assisting with a controlled evacuation of  people in this exclusion area. Affected at this stage are parts of Holt Road, Leonard Street, Lord Street, Newland Street, Tate Road, Muir Street and Kennard Street. A rest centre has been opened and Transport for London are ferrying people to it.

Work will not start on lifting and removing the device until the initial 214-metre zone is clear. When work starts to remove it, it is expected the exclusion zone will be extended to 250 metres and more properties will need to be evacuated.

The operation is expected to continue until Tuesday morning. Further updates will follow.

A spokesperson for Newham Council said: “We are playing a full and active part in the response to deal with the World War Two device found in King George V Dock at North Woolwich.

“Council operations have been co-ordinated from the Borough Emergency Control Centre at Newham Dockside and officers have been at the scene supporting the Metropolitan Police in the evacuation of families.

“Officers are assisting with a controlled evacuation of people in this exclusion area, a rest centre has been opened where bedding and refreshments are available for families who have been unable to stay with family or friends. ”​