London City Airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident. There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. Traffic is light in the area. A number of emergency services are dealing with the on going incident. The closure is due to an unexploded World War Two device. Specialist from the RoyalNavy are dealing with the WWII Ordnance on the River Thames at George V Dock, E16 near London City Airport that falls with the cordon and exclusion zone.
A Met Police spokesman said:”Police are responding to a World War Two ordnance in the River Thames at George V Dock, E16.
The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 05:06hrs on Sunday, 11 February.
Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed the nature of the device.
The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing in partnership with our colleagues in the Royal Navy.
At 22:00hrs an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.
There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation. London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling.
London City Airport said:”
Following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock as part of planned development works, a 214m exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed.
All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information. Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport until further notice.
The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police, Royal Navy and London Borough of Newham.”
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