'Major incident' in Exeter as suspected bomb found

Lawrence Kim
Февраля 27, 2021

About a hundred buildings near the Exeter University main campus have been evacuated following the discovery of a large unexploded bomb, thought to be a remnant of the Second World War.

Nearby properties, and university halls of residence, have been evacuated.

"An initial 100-metre cordon was erected and the evacuation commenced yesterday evening and continued this morning at the request of the Royal Navy bomb disposal team who worked through the night to establish a walled mitigation structure".

Officers were called to Glenthorne Road in the St James area of the city at around 9.20am on Friday 26 February.

The bomb was first reported to police at 9.20am on Friday, with the University of Exeter evacuating 12 halls of residence along with a number of other buildings at its Streatham Campus.

"A 100m cordon is now in place and a number of nearby properties are now being evacuated".

The bomb squad has also been called to the scene and police are urged to avoid the area.

"Police are coordinating the incident and there is no indication that this causes imminent danger, but we need to take immediate action".

"If you have been displaced there is now space available in the following areas of campus: The Terrace, Peter Chalk, The Loft, The Sanctuary, Devonshire House, The Great Hall".

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