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Brondesbury Park WWII bomb: Schools and roads close amid ongoing evacuations

PUBLISHED: 11:47 03 March 2017

Nearby residences, businesses, schools and buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. (Photo: Met Police)

Nearby residences, businesses, schools and buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. (Photo: Met Police)

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A number of residences, businesses and schools have been evacuated after the bomb was discovered by builders yesterday morning.

Police officers and colleagues from the London Fire Brigade were called to The Avenue shortly after 11.30am yesterday morning after the device was discovered at a building site.

Nearby residences, businesses, schools and buildings have since been evacuated as a precaution.

Specialist officers from the Army are currently on the scene and assessing the device.

A Brent Council spokeswoman said: “Evacuations from the enlarged 300 metre cordon around the unexploded WWII have started and are ongoing. Residents affected are being looked after at the council rest centre at St Martin’s Church on Mortimer Road. It is still too early to confirm when the army’s operation will finish but they are working extremely hard and we will provide the latest updates when we get them.”

Police officers and colleagues from the London Fire Brigade at the scene (Photo: Sam Corbishley) Police officers and colleagues from the London Fire Brigade at the scene (Photo: Sam Corbishley)

The following roads will be encompassed within the cordon that will be extended this morning:

St. Hilda’s Close

Manor House Drive South

Christchurch Avenue between St Hilda’s Close and Mowbray Road

The Avenue between Tiverton Green and Mowbray Road

Brondesbury Park between Coverdale Road and Chevening Road

Wilesden Lane between Coverdale Road and Winchester Avenue

Mowbray Road between Chevening Road and Willesden Lane

Winchester Avenue between Chevening Road and Willesden Lane

Dyne Road between Willesden Lane and Torbay Road

Cavendish Road between The Avenue and Mowbray Road

Mapesbury Road between Willesden Lane and Mowbury Road

The council also confirmed this morning that the following schools will be closed all day today:

Brondesbury College For Boys

Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra

Christ Church CofE Primary School

Islamia Primary School

Malorees Infant School

Malorees Junior School

North West London Jewish Day School

Marylebone Boys’ School

Salusbury Primary School

Islamia Girls’ Secondary School

A reception area in Mortimer Road has been opened by the London Borough of Brent to assist those residents affected. They will be laying on local transport from the area.

Borough Superintendent Nigel Quantrell said: “I would like to thank the community for their continued support as we and our partners deal with this incident.

“I can assure you that we are working very hard resolve the situation. The public’s understanding and cooperation is deeply appreciated.”

If you want to check on an affected resident who lives in the area call the local authority helpline which is 020 8937 5788.

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