Further evacuations following deadly World War II bomb discovery in Wembley

Bomb disposal experts worked throughout the night after the device was discovered in a building site

Bomb disposal experts worked throughout the night after the device was discovered in a building site.Credit: Twitter @Rupert_Frere - Credit: Archant

More residents have been evacuated and motorists are being warned to steer clear of road closures in Wembley today as experts work to make safe an unexploded World War II bomb discovered in a car park.

This 50 kg bomb was moved out of Wembley for detonation this afternoon (Pic credit: Twitter/@Rupert_

This 50 kg bomb was moved out of Wembley for detonation this afternoon (Pic credit: Twitter/@Rupert_Frere) - Credit: Archant

Brent Council is advising road users to avoid routes area around Empire Way and Wembley Park Drive after homes and businesses in the Wembley stadium area were evacuated following the discovery yesterday of a WW2 device which poses “a genuine risk to life”.

Roads currently closed include: Empire Way, Fulton Road, Wembley Park Drive, Engineers Way and Rutherford Way.

Residents and businesses were evacuated at 6am this morning after a bomb disposal squad worked throughout the night to erect a blast wall within a 400m cordon in case the 50 kg device, thought to date from the early 1940’s German air raids on London, goes off accidentally.

One of the evacuated businesses is believed to be Fountain studios, where ITV show “Britain’s Got Talent” is filmed.

A 400m police cordon has been lifted after specialists removed an unexploded WW II bomb

A 400m police cordon has been lifted after specialists removed an unexploded WW II bomb - Credit: Archant

An army spokesman said: “This bomb is a live munition in a potentially dangerous condition so it’s important that people listen to the police and evacuate their homes if asked.

“Any bomb, even under a controlled explosion, could cause significant damage to property and there is a genuine risk to life”.

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Evacuated residents are advised to go to Chalkhill Community Cntre on Chalkhill Road, where a temporary rest centre has been set up.

Around 70 people stayed at the centre overnight.

The bomb was discovered by builders working in a car park in the Wembley Park area. Credit: Twitter

The bomb was discovered by builders working in a car park in the Wembley Park area. Credit: Twitter @Rupert_Frere - Credit: Archant

Brent Civic Centre in Engineer’s Way, which incorporates Wembley Library is closed today.

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