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Thousands of residents are evacuated overnight in Exeter after discovery of unexploded WW2 bomb

Thousands of residents are evacuated overnight from more than 2,600 homes in Exeter after discovery of unexploded World War II bomb with 400 yard cordon in place

  • Police confirmed properties had been evacuated for examination of the device
  • Unexploded bomb found on building site on private land near university campus
  • Road closures in place and it is hoped work will be completed by end of today

Thousands of residents have been evacuated overnight from more than 2,600 homes in Exeter after the discovery of an unexploded World War Two bomb. 

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a 400-yard cordon was in place, with properties evacuated for the examination of the device, which was located at a site on Glenthorne Road on Friday morning.

The device was found on a building site on private land to the west of the University of Exeter campus. 

Thousands of residents have been evacuated overnight from more than 2,600 homes in Exeter after the discovery of an unexploded World War Two bomb

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a 400-yard cordon was in place, with properties evacuated for the examination of the device

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a 400-yard cordon was in place, with properties evacuated for the examination of the device

An initial 100-yard cordon was put in place, with evacuations taking place on Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

The evacuations were at the request of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team, who worked through the night to establish a walled mitigation structure.

A police spokesman said: ‘The examination and detonation of the device has been passed to the Army.

‘Examination of the device is due to commence at 10am and could take several hours.’

An initial 100-yard cordon was put in place, with evacuations taking place on Friday evening and Saturday morning

An initial 100-yard cordon was put in place, with evacuations taking place on Friday evening and Saturday morning

It is hoped the work will be completed by the end of Saturday.

Road closures have been put in place between Cowley Bridge and Exe Bridges, with diversions in place and motorists advised to avoid the area.

The force spokesman added: ‘Residents should be reassured that military, police and partners are working to maintain public safety.

‘Exemptions in Covid-19 social distancing rules exist for matters of public safety such as this.’

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