Bomb disposal teams working to remove WW2 explosive found in Brondesbury Park

Posted March 03, 2017

Around 50 people have been forced to leave their homes after an unexploded World War II bomb was unearthed in north-west London. The Police cordon was extended this morning to 300m as Army Bomb Disposal experts are preparing to disarm the 500lb bomb.

Malorees Junior School and Marylebone Boys' School have been evacuated, Brent council have said, and a rest centre has been erected at St Martin's Church on Mortimer Road, Kensal Green.

Carol Shaw - councillor for Brondesbury Park ward - told the London paper: "The construction firm have been told that it might not be clear for three days as a specific part is needed to safely detonate the bomb".

The army team worked through the night and created an exclusion zone which could be widened later on Friday as the team work to disable the Nazi device.

All homes within a 200m radius and a nearby nursery school were evacuated after police and fire crews were called to the scene.

Two fire engines and 14 firefighters are helping to probe and dispose of the bomb.

Butt said: "Council officers are now making arrangements for our residents in the Willesden Lane area to make their way to a rest centre where they will be looked after until it is safe to return to their homes".

The leader of Brent council, Muhammed Butt, told reporters 78 residents spent Thursday night in a hotel, while the Met said bad weather had delayed the removal of the bomb.

A tweet from the local authority reads: "A suspected unexploded WW2 bomb found near the jct of #WillesdenLane".

He described being evacuated for the first time as feeling "a bit strange", adding: "I can imagine what people in the war times must have felt". "The public's understanding and co-operation is deeply appreciated".