Police have closed off streets near Canary Wharf in London after the discovery of an unexploded bomb from World War II on a construction site. The bomb, a German V1 missile was discovered near an office block which houses 80,000 workers in the city. At weekends the area is usually busy with shoppers. Police closed off roads and evacuated the construction site as bomb diisposal experts were called in to make the missile safe. Fire and ambulance crews were also in attendance at the scene.
Thousands of the V1 missiles, nicknamed “Doodlebugs” were fired on London during the war. According to government statistics there are hundreds of wartime bombs buried around Britain. Many are only unearthed when building and excavation work is in progress as in this case.