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London City Airport closed as WW II bomb found nearby

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Up to 16,000 passengers were today hit as all flights at the City Airport were cancelled for the day after a 500-kg World War II bomb was found nearby in river Thames, officials said.

The bomb was found at yesterday during planned work at the east airport, the Metropolitan Police service said.

The airport was shut at 22:00 GMT yesterday and the police said it was working with the to remove the bomb.

The airport will be shut all day and all flights are cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers, a said.

Robert Sinclair, the of the airport said All flights in and out of city today are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.

"I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their for further information," he said in a statement.

"I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is cooperating fully with the and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible," he added.

Families in the area were evacuated with the exclusion zone set to be widened when specialists begin removing the device.

"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," a statement issued by the said.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 20:50 IST