London City Airport closed due to Work War Two bomb discovery

London City Airport closed due to Work War Two bomb discovery

Flights have been grounded at London City Airport (Stock image)

Monday, February 12, 2018

London City Airport is closed after a Second World War bomb was found in the River Thames.

The device was found at around 5pm yesterday (February 11) as work was taking place at the airport, according to the Metropolitan Police.

This led to the airport being closed with all flights cancelled, as the Royal Navy is working with the police to move the bomb.

The airport is still closed today (February 12) and by 8am this morning 130 flights had been cancelled.

Passengers are being advised not to go to the airport and to get in touch with their airline instead, the BBC reported.

The CEO of London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, said he recognised the situation would cause "inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents."

He explained the airport is "cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy" and is attempting to "safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

A 214-metre exclusion zone has also been placed around the bomb, meaning many residents have been evacuated.

Newham Council has provided temporary accommodation to those who have been asked to leave their homes.

Several roads have also been closed and the Docklands Light Railway service between the airport and Woolwich Arsenal is not currently running.