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WWII bomb update

May 13, 2016

The following was released by Avon and Somerset police and Bath and North East Somerset Council

Update: 8:05pm Friday 13 May: 

The WWII bomb has now left Bath and North East Somerset. The cordon has been removed, all road closures lifted, and Lansdown Park & Ride will be back open again as normal tomorrow morning (Saturday 14 May).

Update: 7:59pm Friday 13 May: 

The WWII bomb in Bath has been made safe.

The 500lb shell, which was discovered on the site of the former school on Lansdown Road yesterday afternoon, has been deactivated by experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit.

The bomb will now be taken from the site and out of Bath to be disposed of in a controlled manner this evening. This will involve road closures in the city centre and disruption is likely so road users are advised to allow for extra time.

The exclusion zone will remain in place until the bomb has been taken off site.

Avon and Somerset police have been working closely with our partners at Bath & North East Somerset Council, South Western Ambulance Service and Avon Fire and Rescue to look after those temporarily evacuated.

Area Commander for Bath Chief Superintendent Ian Smith said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every resident who has been affected by this incident and numerous businesses in the local area.

“Thank you for your patience, co-operation and support throughout the last 24 hours.

“We have worked as quickly and diligently as possible to limit the disruption caused but, as you can expect with an incident of this nature, public safety has to be our primary concern.

“As soon as the cordon is removed and all roads are clear, we will update all the local residents so they can return home.”

Jo Farrar, Chief Executive, Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this incident and we are extremely grateful to all of those who helped to support evacuees at our rest centres.

“There will be some road disruption as the bomb is removed but we will do all that we can to minimise the impact on road users.

“We will continue to operate a rest centre for evacuees at the Guildhall until it is safe for residents to return to their homes.”