London’s Tower Bridge is closed to traffic and the surrounding area has been evacuated after construction workers discovered an unexploded Second World War bomb earlier today.

Police were alerted to the discovery at The Grange, Bermondsey, at 09:18 by builders at the site, who had found the bomb measuring over 1.5m in length and weighing around half a tonne.

The police cordoned off an exclusion zone of 400 metres around the bomb as a precaution, which meant evacuating hundreds of people form nearby flats, closing two schools, and closing Tower Bridge from both directions.

Specialist army bomb-disposal units are on the scene alongside colleagues from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and Southwark Council.

Any displaced residents have been asked to contact the Local Authority for guidance regarding shelter.

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