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Unexploded bomb found near Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 14:48 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 18:18 15 September 2014

Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

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An unexploded bomb is currently being disposed of near the Olympic Park.

Police were called to the International Broadcast CentrePolice were called to the International Broadcast Centre

Police were called to an area around the north end of the park at 12.50 this afternoon.

Police were called to the International Broadcast Centre at the north end of the park, which houses the BT Sport offices, at 12.50 this afternoon.

A spokesman said: “It is thought the device might date back to World War Two.

“We are in the process of disposing of it.

Chemar, 8, Dawn, 33, and Sian Wagstaffe, 2, Wagstaffe were evacuatedChemar, 8, Dawn, 33, and Sian Wagstaffe, 2, Wagstaffe were evacuated

“The device has been determined as inert and poses no risk to the public.”

Some homes, offices and a school in the area were evacuated but have been allowed to go back inside.

A spokesman for the LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation), which manages Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, confirmed an “unexploded bomb” had been found earlier today, but added none of the former Olympic venues had been closed as a result.

Dawn Wagstaffe, 33, was evacuated from her ground-floor home in Leabank Square, Hackeny Wick.

She said: “The police knocked on everyone’s doors to say a bomb had been found.

“I didn’t take it seriously at first, but then I heard all the kids outside.

“It happens so often here, I was like ‘Oh, yet another one’.”

Eight-year-old daughter Chemar was evacuated from Gainsborough Primary School, in Berkshire Road.

She said: “We were doing our work and then all of a sudden the fire alarm went off and the teachers said we need to leave the building.

“Someone said they had found a bomb so it was quite scary - some of my friends were so scared they grabbed my hand.”


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